It has long been known that consuming fruits and vegetables can provide you with a variety of health benefits, including lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels, as well as a reduced chance of developing cancer and heart disease.
A recent study reported in The Washington Post suggests that fruits and vegetables may even protect aging eyes as well. Researchers studied 102,046 people who were age 50 or older and generally healthy. Over the course of 25 years, 2,479 of them developed age-related macular degeneration (AMD), in which the central part of the retina deteriorates and leads to severe vision loss. This eye disease causes cells in the macula to die, which is the part of the eye that allows you to see fine details that are necessary for driving and reading. Those who consumed a high amount of vegetables and fruits that were high in carotenoids were the least likely to develop advanced AMD.
The study also found that individuals who ate five or more one-cup servings of foods that were rich in lutein and zeaxanthin were 41 percent less likely to develop advanced AMD. Carrots, oranges, spinach and tomato sauce were found to be the foods that best aided in protecting aging eyes.
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Although AMD can affect people of any age, it is most commonly seen in those who are 60 and older. Currently, there is no cure for AMD.
Interested in learning more about how you can protect your vision with certain foods? Contact Raleigh Eye Center today for more information about age-related macular degeneration and how you can do your best to prevent this disease.