Nutritional Therapy to Prevent Macular Degeneration
14th November 2013
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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of visual loss in people over the age of 55 and older. Major risk factors include atherosclerosis, smoking, general aging, hypertension and lowered levels of blood and oxygen supply to the retina. However, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables with strong antioxidant properties can have a protective effect against macular degeneration and free radical damage. The following are particularly beneficial:

  • Vitamin A carotenes: found in red and yellow fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, and carrots.
  • Lycopene: potent antioxidant found mainly in tomatoes.
  • Flavonoids: Bilberry, blackberries, blueberries, cherries.
  • Lutein: Found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables
  • Grape seed: beneficial by improving retinal blood flow and function.
  • Zinc: Essential in retina metabolism, zinc deficiency can increase with age. Good sources include: Oysters, Wheat germ, nuts and seeds.

Avoiding fried and barbequed foods, which increase free radical activity within the body and ensuring that regular exercise is performed to increase blood and oxygen supply to the retina are also beneficial. For further advice about the wide range of conditions that Nutritional Therapy can support please contact Angela in the clinic.

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About the Author

Jason R

Member since: 12th August 2013

Jason is the Clinic Manager at Nuffield Health Farnham. His team of experts include; Nutritional Therapists, Physiotherapists, a GP and physiologists. The team work hard to ensure that patients gain specific...

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