You may find a lot of unproven claims online about macular degeneration. There are vitamins or dieting recommendations with several companies claiming to have some kind of “cure” or vitamin supplement to reverse it. The reality is that there is no research that supports these types of treatments.
However, research has proven there is a link between a healthy diet and eye health. For example, those who consume a diet high in fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Antioxidants May Help to Prevent AMD
Antioxidants protect the body and eyes from the harmful effects of oxidation. Oxidation is thought to play a role in the development of age-related macular degeneration. A diet high in vegetables and high antioxidant levels such as spinach, kale, broccoli, artichokes, avocados, beetroot and many others can help prevent the onset of AMD.
Eating Fish May Help Prevent AMD
Eating fish may also help prevent age-related macular degeneration. Research has shown people who eat fish two to three times per week have a lower incidence of AMD. Fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids which seem important for maintaining healthy vision as you get older. There are certain types of fish that have higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids such as sardines, salmon and herring. Including fish in your balanced diet helps provide your body with the nutrients needed to reduce age related macular degeneration.
Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan to learn more about macular degeneration.