Vitamins C E Beta
Carotene and Zinc help Prevent Macular Degeneration (AMD)
Carrots High in
Research indicates that eating a diet rich in beta carotene, vitamins C
and E, and zinc will substantially reduce the risk of age-related
macular degeneration (AMD). This is one of the leading causes of
blindness in older people.
Your mother may have been right: Eating carrots will help your
eyesight. People who eat high levels of vitamin E and zinc in their
diet reduced their risk of AMD by 10%. By adding beta carotene (found in
carrots) and vitamin C people are able to reduce the risk by 35%.
The Netherlands researchers studied the diets of 4,170 people for as
long as 14 years. The study found that eating the food rather than
taking supplements was more effective. These foods include citrus
fruits, broccoli, spinach, carrots, eggs, nuts, vegetable oil and whole
grains, according to NPR.
Study participants were asked to fill out questionnaires concerning
their diet. All of the participants were picked because they were at
risk of AMD. They all were given periodic eye exams.
The research found the reverse to be true. People that ate below average
amounts of these nutrients had a 20% increased risk of developing AMD.
A previous study found that by raising the levels of vitamin C, E, beta
carotene and zinc with early stages of the AMD or late stages of
single-eye AMD resulted in a 25 percent reduction in the progression of
the disease after 5 years. This is according to Forbes.
Macular degeneration is a progressive eye disease that attacks the
macula, where your sharpest central vision occurs. The condition
affects 15 million people in the United States but rarely causes
complete blindness. AMD will cause the individual to lose all but their
outermost peripheral vision leaving the dim images or black holes at the
center. The article was published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association (JAMA).
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