Eat for your Eye Health
February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration Awareness Month. The good news about AMD is that there are many ways which we can combat its onset - including making changes to our diets. Do you have a family history of AMD? You may want to consider macular pigment testing, to help determine your risk - also annual comprehensive eye exams are crucial. Even if you are not at risk for developing AMD - you can incorporate some wonderful foods into your diet that support overall eye and vision health. Watch our video below to find out which foods are best for feeding your eyes.
The carotenoids lutein (pronounced loo-teen) and zeaxanthin (pronounced zee-uhzan-thin), which are antioxidants and the only carotenoids located in the eye, may protect against cataracts and AMD.
One of the first large studies on carotenoids is the Eye Disease Case Control Study, in which diet was compared to the risk for developing AMD. Results found a significantly lower risk for developing the eye disease in people with high amounts of lutein+zeaxanthin in their blood. Also, those people eating a diet with the most lutein+zeaxanthin (as much as 5.8 milligrams (mg) per day) had a significantly lower risk for AMD than those whose diet contained the least amount (as low as 1.2 mg per day). Dietary studies confirmed the association between frequent consumption of spinach or collard greens, particularly good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin, and lower AMD risk. (source)
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