Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of legal blindness in people over age 60. It’s an eye disease that affects the central part of the retina, which is the area of the eye that provides the clear vision needed for visually demanding activities such as reading, writing and driving.

The severity of this condition varies depends on the individual patient. Many people with AMD lose some central vision in one or both eyes.

According to the American Optometric Association, studies show that although they cannot reverse the damage already done, a diet rich in the following nutrients can delay the onset or slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration.

Macular degeneration nutrient sources

  • Beta-carotene: Red peppers, carrots, avocados, asparagus, squash, sweet potatoes, nectarines, apricots, cantaloupe, mango, papaya, watermelon, kiwi, and dark green leafy vegetables
  • Lutein: Kale, collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, parsley, Swiss chard, and romaine lettuce
  • Vitamin C: Red and green peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, turnips, cabbage, citrus fruits, cantaloupe, kiwi, and dark green leafy vegetables
  • Vitamin E: Seeds, nuts, and whole grains
  • Selenium: Wheat germ, oats and bran, fish, egg yolks, chicken, garlic, and red Swiss chard
  • Zinc: Oysters and fish, pumpkin seeds, ginger root, pecans, Brazil nuts
  • Copper: Brazil nuts, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans

Dietary supplements for age-related macular degeneration: Results of the age-related eye disease studies (AREDS)

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