age-related macular degeneration

  1. Fruit fights age-related macular degeneration

    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

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  2. Daily aspirin triples AMD risk

    Aspirin use linked to vision loss

    When you lose your vision, there's a good chance it might never come back -- so it's critical to do everything you can to protect it while you still have it.

    And one of the best ways to protect your eyes isn't in something you do -- it's in something you don't do: Don't take daily aspirin if you can avoid it.

    Regular aspirin use can nearly triple the risk of a serious, irreversible, and potentially blinding condition called wet age-related macular degeneration, according to an eye-popping new study out of Australia.

    Just 1 in 27 people who don't take daily aspirin can expect to battle wet AMD. But among people who take the drug once a week or more, that risk shoots up to nearly 1 in 10, according to the study of 2,400 people who were in their middle ages or older when the study began, and then tracked for up to 15 years.

    The risks didn't just pop up over the long run, either.

    At the five-year mark, daily aspirin users already had more than double the risk of the condition. And over the course of the study, the patients who took aspirin most frequently had the highest overall risk, according to the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    If that were the only danger here, I'd say it should be enough to get anyone to reconsider aspirin therapy.

    But it's not the only danger here.

    Daily aspirin use can also cause serious bleeding problems such as ulcers and brain bleeds.

    While some people may need to be on aspirin, many of the people who take this drug each day have other safer options. Fish oil, for example, can thin the blood and help protect the heart -- and unlike aspirin, it can actually help save your vision.

    If you already take daily aspirin, don't stop without speaking to a doctor first. Suddenly stopping can actually induce the very heart attack you're hoping to avoid.

    Instead, visit a holistic physician who can help determine whether you really need the aspirin in the first place -- and if you don't, a good doctor can help you find a safe way off it.

    And if you're in Southern California, I can help you with a comprehensive all-natural approach to heart health. Make an appointment to see me at the Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine.

  3. Fight causes of blindness with these antioxidants

    Age-related macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness -- but key antioxidants can help save your vision.
  4. Omega-3 fatty acid DHA can protect your vision

    The omega-3 fatty acid DHA can protect your eyes from age-related vision loss by sweeping toxins out of your retina.
  5. Eyes on resveratrol

    It's been called the fountain of youth for its anti-aging powers -- but resveratrol can do so much more than help you beat the calendar.
  6. Flowers for your eyes

    A British optician claims he cured his blindness with marigolds.
  7. Eyes on omega-3 fatty acids

    Here's a quick and easy way to dramatically lower your risk of the top age-related sight disorder… go fishin'!
  8. Omega-3 for your eyes

    The latest research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent a top cause of blindness among older folks: age-related macular degeneration.
  9. Study: Vitamin supplements slash macular degeneration risk

    New research shows that a simple vitamin regimen can help you prevent age-related macular degeneration.

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