Save your eyes by eating THIS
Looks like an apple a day really can keep the (eye) doctor away!
Fruits are rich in the antioxidants that can protect seniors from some of the most common diseases of aging.
And if you up your intake just a little bit, you can fight off age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, a leading cause of blindness in older Americans.
That's a condition many seniors fear more than anything else, because nothing -- and I mean NOTHING -- can take the shine off your golden years faster than going blind.
It doesn't just mean difficulty getting around.
AMD often means a complete loss of independence, relying on others to help you with everything you once were proudly able to do for yourself.
It's a condition you want to avoid -- and if you eat just 5 ounces of fruit per day, your risk of this devastating disease will drop by 15 percent, according to new research.
Five ounces, of course, isn't much fruit at all. It's a little more than a cup of berries... one large banana... or a single apple.
As good as this sounds, this can get even better if you're willing to do just a little more work.
Instead of adding a piece of fruit to your current diet, make the switch to the one diet that naturally allows for plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as fatty fish and even a little lean red meat.
You know where I'm going with this, right?
The same study finds that the Mediterranean diet offers even MORE protection for your eyes than fruit alone -- and if you stick closely to this healthy, filling, and all-natural lifestyle, your risk of age-related macular degeneration will plunge by more than a third.
The researchers also used a computer program to analyze the nutrients naturally found in the diets of those with the lowest risk of AMD and found three in particular that seem to cut the risk the most: beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.
Not surprisingly, the Mediterranean diet is rich in all three.
Beta-carotene is actually a pigment that produces yellow and orange colors, so you'll find this nutrient in carrots, peppers, and squash. The brighter the color, the more beta-carotene is inside.
Vitamin C is in citrus of course, but there are even better sources such as papaya, bell peppers, and cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and Brussels sprouts.
And the best sources of vitamin E include leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, and mustard greens.
If you already have AMD, it's not too late to do something about it. There are nutrients that can slow it down -- and you read all about them in this free report from my
House Calls archives.