According to the University of Georgia study, women should eat fruits and vegetables high in pigmented carotenoids such as yams, kale, spinach, watermelon, bell peppers, tomatoes, oranges, and carrots. According to the researchers, these brightly colored fruits and vegetables are especially beneficial in preventing visual and cognitive loss.
Debilitating illnesses, such as macular degeneration and dementia, affect women at a much higher rate than men. According to experts, they account for two-thirds of all macular degeneration and dementia cases worldwide. They also account for nearly 80% of all autoimmune diseases combined, which is why they need to eat much better than men.
Why are women more prone to degenerative diseases?
Women, according to science, have more body fat than men, which serves as a reservoir for many dietary vitamins and minerals that are beneficial during pregnancy. However, it causes a deficiency of these nutrients for the retina and brain, predisposing women to degenerative problems.
Consuming more colorful fruits
According to the researchers, a diet high in pigmented carotenoids acts as antioxidants in the body. Two carotenoids in particular, lutein and zeaxanthin, found in specific tissues of the eye and brain, are known to reduce central nervous system degeneration.
According to Hammond, women have much higher requirements for these carotenoids.
Carotenoids can also be obtained through supplements, but Hammond believes that eating them is preferable.