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Macular Degeneration and Nutrition

Nutrition and the Eye

There is growing evidence that lifestyle factors play a significant role in determining the long-term health of our eyes. Making the right lifestyle choices from the start can help preserve your vision. However, it’s never too late to start making changes, as in some instances vision that is already in decline can be improved by following a healthy diet, taking regular exercise and generally cutting down on the things that we know are bad for us like cigarettes and alcohol.

There is no doubt that good nutrition is vital, not only for our general health but also for the health of our eyes. It helps our bodies to grow, repair wear and tear, protect against infection and to function properly. Recently there has been increased interest in the role of nutrition and nutritional supplements and their effect on vision. The main focus has been on how vitamins and minerals might affect age-related eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD)and cataracts.

Nutrof Total eye supplement has been specially formulated to include antioxidant vitamins, Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Omega 3 fish oils, plus essential minerals, all of which research has shown to be of benefit to eye health.

Nutritional advice

1. Try to eat the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day
2. Maintain a low-fat diet. A diet high in fat and cholesterol can lead to a build-up of fatty deposits in the blood vessels under the macula, which can hamper blood flow and increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration
3. Eat foods rich in antioxidants (beneficial chemicals found in vitamins and minerals) that may neutralise ‘free radicals’ which can injure healthy cells
4. Eye healthy foods include: leafy green vegetables (especially spinach and kale), carrots, melons, papaya, tomatoes, red peppers, blueberries, plums, red grapes and aubergines
5. If you feel your diet does not include enough fresh fruit, vegetables, vitamins and minerals or you are concerned about the effects of AMD you may want to consider taking a dietry eye supplement
6. We would always recommend that you discuss any changes to your diet or taking a vitamin supplement with your GP