Statistics show that if we are to suffer vision loss, it will most likely be from Age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This common eye disease affects 1 in 10 of us between the ages of 40 and 54, gradually increasing with age to affect more than 1 in 3 of us over the age of 75. I attended a recent webinar with Dr. Michael Fielden, MD about how our eating habits can influence our risk for AMD – here are the highlights.
Recent studies have proven that Vitamins C, E, zinc and beta-carotene reduce the risk of getting AMD by 35% – that’s significant! Lutein and Zeaxanthin have a protective effect on the macula (the most sensitive area of our retina AND the area directly affected by AMD), and have been shown to reduce the risk of advanced AMD by 43%. And omega 3 “essential fatty acids” defend our bodies from oxidative stress as well as decrease inflammation. So there’s our triple action against AMD. Great – how do we get all this into our bodies on a regular basis?
Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, parsley, spinach and Brussels sprouts as well as fruits such as berries, grapefruit, mangoes and plums are great sources of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Wild-caught salmon, mackerel, anchovies and sardines are the best sources of omega 3. But it’s difficult if not impossible to get a balanced intake of these foods on a regular basis. Also, our modern food industry with its numerous preservatives, long storage and transportation of food items and mineral depleted soils makes it hard to get enough nutrients from the foods we do consume. So it makes a lot of good sense to supplement our diets with the right vitamin and mineral supplements.
A great 1-2 knockout punch against AMD is the combination of Vitalux Healthy Eyes twice daily plus Fortifeye omega 3 twice daily. Combined with a healthy diet, no smoking and good sunglasses to protect against UV light, it’s great insurance against some of the health problems we encounter as we get older.