Cut your glaucoma risk with greens

It’s the part of the eye exam that most folks hate almost as much as the bill…the part when you sit down, stare into the machine, and wait for that puff of air aimed at your eyeball.

As unpleasant as the puff test is, it just might be the most important part of the exam – because that little burst of air checks the pressure in your eye. Too much pressure is a sign of fluid building up – a warning sign of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness in the world today.

According to a long-term study involving over 100,000 people, there’s a simple step you can take today to prevent this vision-robbing disease.

All you have to do is eat your greens.

They’re the best natural sources of nitrate around, and nitrate helps with the flow of blood in and out of your eye. That way, you don’t get the increased pressure and buildup of fluid that leads to glaucoma.

If you keep your nitrate levels nice and high by eating leafy greens, your risk of glaucoma drops by 21 percent, according to the study.

Magnesium will also help with that – and you can protect two eyes with just one superfood, because greens like kale, spinach and Swiss chard are rich in BOTH nitrates and magnesium.

While glaucoma can often be treated when it’s caught early, in many cases it’s not caught early enough – and that’s how it progresses to blindness. With 3 million Americans already facing the disease and the number expected to jump by 50 percent over the next 15 years, you don’t want to leave your risk to chance.

If you wear glasses, you probably already have eye exams at least somewhat regularly. Make sure you return for your annual checkup and don’t skip appointments.

If you don’t currently wear glasses, you may have never had an exam – especially if you have perfect vision. But your vision won’t be perfect much longer if you end up with glaucoma, so be sure to have your eyes checked annually, too.