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Papaya is Good for Your Eyes

The high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in foods like papaya may also protect against developing cataracts, glaucoma, and other chronic eye diseases. Research suggests a good intake of both zeaxanthin and lutein can significantly reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the most common cause of blindness.

Papaya also contains good levels of two special compounds called lutein and zeaxanthin Known as xanthophylls, these phytonutrients are concentrated by your body in the macular region of your eyes. Here they provide protection against both UV and high energy blue light that can damage our eye’s retinas and are involved in fine detail perception.

The beta-carotene found in papaya can be converted into vitamin A, particularly important for healthy eyes and vision.

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