Have you heard of AMD? Molecular Degeneration is the most common cause of severe, irreversible vision loss. Its target is the macula, a tiny yellow area near the center of the retina that’s highly specialized to allow you to see details and provide clear central vision, the kind you need to read or drive.
It is usually characterized by a loss of pigment in the retina as well as yellowish deposits called drusen. And there’s strong evidence that nutrition plays a big role in preventing it.
Load your plate with the right foods:
1- Spinach, collard greens, kale and other green leafy vegetables: they are loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, a pair of natural plant pigments often found together in food. These antioxidant pigments are part of the carotenoid family, and they’re the only caretoids found in the eye.
2- Fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids: fish has been touted as a heart-healthy food, but is can also lower the risk of AMD as much as 40%. The two main compounds of the omega-3’s found in fish are known as EPA and DHA, essential for the development and functions of the retina.
3- Carrots, red bell peppers, almonds and sunflower seeds: High doses of beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, coupled with zinc, stop or slow the progression of AMD by 20-25%.
4- Oysters, crab, beef, baked beans, and other food rich in zinc: Zinc, an essential mineral found in meats and seafood, acts as a partner with vitamin A, ensuring that it can be used by the body, including the retina. The retina has high levels of zinc, which help to protect its membrane.
Off the menu: fatty meats, butter, and other sources of saturated fats, which can boost free radical activity undermining antioxidant’s work, also alcohol, corn, sunflower and safflower oils.
Food cures, Reader;s Digest Assosiation, 2009