Throwback Thursday: Living Watercress Plays a Key Role in UV Safety Month

Watercress SunglassesLast year we wrote about the importance of UV Safety Month and this July is no different. As our patrons and their families spend increasing time outdoors this season, we feel it’s vital to revisit this informative post.

While we gather with friends and family for barbecues, travel to vacation houses and head to the beach, it’s important to protect our skin. Long-term sun exposure not only causes sunburn but it can also lead to a number of vision complications, including Photokeratitis (corneal sunburn that can result in temporary vision loss), corneas, and even skin cancer around the eyelids.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology says wearing hats, avoiding staring at the sun, checking medication side effects and driving with sunglasses are excellent ways to protect your eyes.

In addition to these precautions, including certain fruits and vegetables, like our Living Watercress, in your diet also promotes eye health. Medical News Today says that two cups of watercress contains 48% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 44% of vitamin A. According to the American Optometric Association, “scientific evidence suggests vitamin C lowers the risk of developing cataracts, and when taken in combination with other essential nutrients, can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss.”

“Your eye also needs vitamin A to nourish other parts of your eye, including the cornea… Without enough vitamin A, your eyes cannot produce enough moisture to keep them properly lubricated,” reports the American Academy of Opthalmology.

In addition to its vitamin A and C power, watercress and upland cress contain lutein — an antioxidant found most notably in dark green leafy vegetables. Lutein has been found to support eye health and vision.  And it’s crucial to eye health because it protects against UV damage before it can damage the sensitive part of the retina that is vital to detailed sight. [Bausch + Lomb]

Incorporating our Living Watercress or Upland Cress into your summer bites is simple. Add it in your sandwich or mix a handful of it into your lunchtime salad. Begin taking care of your eyes and skin this summer by picking up Live Gourmet brand Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic brand Living Watercress!