Age-related macular degeneration the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in seniors. This condition gradually destroys the part of the eye that provides sharp central vision.
However, studies show that seniors can reduce their risk of this disease by 25% if they begin adding certain nutrients to their diets. Here is a list of some eye-friendly vitamins:
- Vitamin C. Whether it comes from your morning grapefruit or the bell peppers atop your pizza, Vitamin C is one of the best nutrients for eye health. The antioxidants keep the eye’s blood vessels healthy and reduce the risk for cataracts. I’ll raise a glass of OJ to that!
- Lutein. Never heard of it? Well, it’s an important antioxidant found in green leafy vegetables and eggs. This amazing nutrient can filter out dangerous light before it can damage your retina. But lutein only works if the senior eats regular amounts of it. So throw a little spinach in your omelet, and load up on lutein.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. This nutrient benefits seniors in so many ways. From joint health to heart health, there’s not much that this fatty acid can’t do. That goes for the eyes as well. Studies have shown that if we don’t get enough of this stuff, our chances of eye problems greatly increase. Fish is a great source, especially tuna and salmon.
So, keep your eyes sharp by keeping these nutrients in mind. Decreasing your risk of macular degeneration is just a delicious meal away.