Authen-tip: Nutrition for Preventing Macular Degeneration

Did you know that macular degeneration affects one in three people over the age of 75? Keep your eyesight healthy by loading up on foods that are rich in beta carotene, a carotenoid that is found in orange and dark green vegetables. Eat foods like carrots, spinach, collard greens, and winter squash. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are also important to include in your diet as they protect vision cells from oxidative damage.  You can find these two compounds in peppers, sweet potatoes, parsley, and snow peas. Studies have suggested that eating foods rich in selenium, such as barley and Brazil nuts, can help prevent macular degeneration as well. Also be sure you are eating plenty of food with vitamin C, such as berries, oranges, lemons, and broccoli.

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