Slash Your Blindness Risks by Changing Your Diet
The risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, can be significantly lowered with a vitamin-rich diet.
Macular degeneration is the result of abnormal blood cells growing in the eye which then leak fluid that damages the center of the retina and blurs vision. It is the most common cause of severe vision loss in Americans age 60 and older.
The diets and vision quality of more than 4,000 seniors were examined over the course of an eight-year study which showed that patients whose diets included foods rich in zinc, beta carotene and vitamins C and E were 35 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration, compared to those whose diets lacked any one of the aforementioned nutrients.
Moreover, those whose diets were lacking in all of those nutrients increased their risks by 20 percent.
Foods rich in vitamin E include whole grains, vegetable oil, eggs and nuts. Zinc is found in meat, poultry, fish, whole grains and dairy products, while carrots, kale and spinach are the best sources of beta carotene. Vitamin C can be obtained from citrus fruits, green peppers, broccoli and potatoes.
Journal of the American Medical Association December 28, 2005; 294(24): 3101-3107
As always, eating more vegetables is essential to a healthy nutrition plan. This is just more evidence that the vitamins your body gets from eating a nutritious diet are far more beneficial for your health than taking supplements.
In addition to the tips provided by this article, if you want to protect your eyesight as you age:
* Take fish or cod liver oil regularly. A fat found in fish called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) may help protect and promote healthy retinal function.
* Get plenty of lutein. Lutein is a carotenoid found in particularly large quantities in green, leafy vegetables. While beta-carotene, another carotenoid, is commonly thought of as important for vision health, lutein may be even more important.
* Eat dark colored berries. Not only do berries taste great, but also the compounds that give them their dark color are great for your health. The European blueberry, bilberry, is known to prevent and even reverse macular degeneration.
* Avoid trans fats. A diet high in trans fat appears to contribute to macular degeneration.
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