Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in
people over age 55. Conventional wisdom says that age-related vision problems
are inevitable, but research suggests otherwise.
Macular degeneration is the degeneration of the macula, the part of the eye responsible for
central vision. When the macula is compromised, vision loss can occur
in the center of one’s field of vision.
Improved nutrition can help slow vision loss with age due to conditions
such as macular degeneration, according to D. Max Snodderly, Ph.D., head
of the laboratory at The Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston, an
affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Specifically, eating fruits and vegetables
that contain the two carotenoid pigments, lutein and zeaxanthin, can help
prevent vision loss.
The highest concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin in the body is found
in the eye, in the central region of the retina, and research suggests
that increasing the concentration of lutein and zeaxanthin in the eye
is what helps to prevent vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration.
Carotenoids are the pigments that provide the colors in fruits and vegetables.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are primarily found in broccoli, corn, squash and
dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.
Simple Fall Dinner for Healthy Eyes
Load up on lutein and zeaxanthin with this simple and delicious dish of
corn with winter squash, kale and bacon.
- 9 bacon slices, chopped
- 2 cups chopped onions
- 2 1/2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/3-inch pieces
- 15 ounces of kale or baby spinach leaves
- 1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn kernels, thawed
- 6 Tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Sauté bacon in large pot over medium heat until crisp, about 10
minutes. Add onions and squash. Sauté until squash is almost tender,
about 12 minutes. Add kale or spinach and corn. Toss until leaves are
wilted and corn is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in basil. Season
with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowl and serve.
For more fall foods for healthy eyes, readhere.