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Healthy Diet Can Reduce Risk Of Sight-Robbing Diseases

July 1, 2010: 12:07 PM EST
Healthy eating can play a significant role in cutting the risk of vision loss due to diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to several studies cited in this overview. For example, regularly eating protective nutrients and a low-glycemic-index, or "slow carb," diet protected study participants from AMD. U.S. researchers ranked ingested nutrients and gauged their combined dietary effect on the risk of AMD. They also studied specific food-intake patterns and risk of AMD. Nutrients found to be most protective in combination with the low-glycemic-index diet were vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and the omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA.
USDA staff, "Seeing is Believing When Nutrition Saves Sight", Agricultural Research, July 01, 2010, © USDA
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