Research suggests that nutrition may play an important role in macular degeneration. The retina is thought to be protected from sun damage by a yellow substance called macular pigment. Some scientists feel that people with low levels of macular pigment may be at greater risk of developing AMD. The pigment is actually made up of types of antioxidants called carotenoids. The two thought to be especially important are lutein and zeaxanthin. They can only be obtained by eating food which contains them.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in almost all vegetables but especially in dark green leafy ones such as spinach and kale. A diet including at least 2 to 4 servings a week of vegetables high in lutein and zeaxanthin and/or taking eye health supplements may help reduce the risk of AMD. This may even help slow down the onset or progress of AMD.
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