(KUTV) — Age-related macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over 60 years of age. Sarah Browning, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Intermountain McKay-Dee Hospital says nutrition can play a powerful role in prevention and slowing the disease.
-A Healthy Diet is important for our all-over health. Research is also showing that a healthy diet is important for the health of our eyes as we age.
-Carotenoids are antioxidant pigments in many fruits and vegetables that can have an impact on the health of our eyes.
-Lutein & Zeaxanthin are two carotenoids found in leafy greens such as spinach and kale as well as corn and eggs, that can help delay the advancement of age-related macular degeneration. In those most prone to this disease, high intake reduced the risk of developing macular degeneration.
-These Antioxidants cannot reverse the damage caused by age-related macular degeneration, but they can help to slow the progression of the disease.