Day 307: Preventing/Dealing with Macular Degeneration—More on Maintaining and Guarding Your Eyesight in Senior Years

Everywhere I turn in my reading: magazines, newspapers on health or food editions and almost every time I see a morning talk show there are doctors, nutritionists or chefs encouraging eating the rainbow and eating 5-9 vegetables and fruits a day. Colorful fresh foods help us maintain health and happiness as we Super-Age.

I have two friends with macular degeneration.  One has the wet diagnosis.  The other friend has the dry diagnosis.  My heart goes out to them as they share the difficulties that they are going through. Finding methods of prevention seem important and I have believed that nutrition must play a part. The following article I refer to confirms my belief.

A recent article in The Wellness section of the Washington Post entitled “Lutein isn’t just everywhere—it’s also good for your health” displayed a photo of yellow and green vegetables for health.  The article states that there is “strong evidence that lutein and zeaxanthin protect against age—related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the United States and most industrialized countries.”

The article quotes Billy Hammond, a neuroscientist at the University of Georgia who studies the role of these compounds in eye and brain health: “The bottom line is that most people just don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.”

One advice given in the article is to consider eating 3 cups of raw leaves (spinach) with an olive oil dressing which increases the absorption of lutein to protect the eyes. Egg yolks can also deliver good amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.

This website includes clear information about macular degeneration:

Again, I wish you clear sightedness in the outer world and clear sightedness in the inner world.

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