Preventing Macular Degeneration Begins with Your DIet

January 7th, 2011
Preventing Macular Degeneration Begins with Your DIet

Macular degeneration is an eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision. If progressed, macular degeneration can lead to blindness. Fortunately, there are a number of dietary changes that can be made to prevent macular degeneration from developing while improving general eye health.

From the produce stand, brightly colored fruits and vegetables are a key way to improve eye health. Incorporate a balance of carrots, celery, dark leafy greens, dried apricots, kiwi, peas, red grapes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and turnips into your diet.

Fatty, oily fish rich in Omega-3s have also been proven to aid in positive eye health. Salmon, tuna and mackerel are all good choices for this essential nutrient only found in fish.

If you are looking to prevent macular degeneration, you should consume a variety of nuts—from pistachios to peanuts to Brazil nuts and cashews.

Of course if you are unable to get any of the foods mentioned, you could consider taking a supplement. Specifically, a high-dose combination of antioxidants and zinc to significantly reduce the risk of advanced macular degeneration.

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