macular degeneration

  1. Macular degeneration defeated… by avocado?

    An avocado a day will keep the eye doctor away!

    Here in sunny San Diego, we're just a few miles from the "Avocado Capital of the World."

    We put avocado on just about everything -- not just salads and sandwiches. There's also grilled avocado with a pinch of salt... cold avocado soup with mint and lime... and even frozen avocado ice pops.

    But according to the latest science, avocado isn't just a trendy and delicious addition to your meals. It's also packed with essential vitamins, including the nutrients needed to protect your eyes from one of today's leading causes of vision loss.

    Maybe all that avocado is the reason California has the one of the lowest rates of macular degeneration in the country, a full 15 percent below the national average.

    New research shows how that might not be an avocado coincidence. It finds that eating avocados can boost your levels of vision-protecting nutrients and improve conditions inside the macula of your eye.

    In the study, older volunteers were given either an avocado a day or a similar amount of potato or chickpeas. After six months, the folks given the avocado -- and ONLY the folks given the avocado -- saw a big-time boost in their macular pigment density levels.

    That's exactly the part of the eye you need to keep healthy in order to prevent macular degeneration.

    There's no drug that can boost those levels. But avocados can, and the key might be in an eye-protecting nutrient called lutein.

    An avocado contains only a fraction of the lutein found in a typical vision supplement, but the fats inside the fruit (yes, it's a fruit!) help your body soak it up and use it better.

    That means your body -- and your eye -- can more effectively use the lutein, even when there's less of it.

    The proof is in the guacamole: While supplements contain up to 25 times the amount of lutein in an avocado, the folks in the new study who ate an avocado a day had greater improvements than what we see in folks who take supplements.

    That said, there are a couple of downsides to avocado. Eating one every single day might be a bit much for many people, even here at the center of the avocado universe.

    It can also get a little expensive.

    If you're not ready to commit to a daily avocado, you can get the best of both worlds by eating avocado on some days and taking a vision support formula daily. Be sure to have a little healthy fat with your supplement, and your body should be able to soak up the lutein a little better so your eyes get more protection.

  2. Antioxidants slow macular degeneration

    These nutrients put the brakes on advanced vision loss

    It's the science-backed CURE for one of the leading causes of vision loss among American seniors.

    It isn't a painful injection... it requires zero appointments... and it will cost you just pennies a day.

    New research backs a simple supplement blend you can buy at any store that's so powerful, it can fight age-related macular degeneration (AMD) even if you're in the dangerous, advanced stages of the disease.

    And it works so well that the study finds it's more cost-effective than drugs!

    Don't get me wrong -- when you're at risk of going blind, you'd probably be willing to pay any price to save your vision.

    It's no time to be a cheapskate, right?

    But the new study finds you can save a little cash AND get big-time results by going with a vision-protecting antioxidant blend that includes essentials such as vitamins C and E.

    AMD often starts as the "dry" form of the disease -- and with quick treatment and good nutrition, it can often be stopped right then and there, especially if you catch it early enough.

    But in roughly 10 to 15 percent of cases, it can advance to the "wet" form, which is far more severe and can lead to disabling levels of vision loss, especially in the later stages.

    That's when you need help most.

    And according to the new study, that's exactly when the supplements are at their best, often providing even bigger benefits at the later stages of the disease, slowing it down so you can hold on to your vision longer.

    They actually tested two blends. One contained the basics plus beta carotene, while the other contained lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids in place of the beta carotene.

    Of course, the best option of all is to not reach that point to begin with.

    The new study doesn't look at prevention, but many of the same nutrients can step in and cut your risk of ever developing these vision-robbing conditions in the first place.

    Fish oil supplements rich in omega-3s, for example, can cut the risk of the "wet" form of AMD by 35 percent and the dry form by 32 percent, according to one study.

    Lutein, zeaxanthin, and other carotenoids can also protect your eyesight to help preserve your quality of life as you grow older. Look for a quality blend that contains all of these nutrients.

  3. Fish oil and vitamin A can save your vision

    Some two million people around the world suffer from a serious degenerative eye disease that literally has no treatment at all beyond "cross your fingers and hope for the best." But if you're suffering from the gradual -- and ultimately total -- loss of vision that marks retinitis pigmentosa, you don't have to cross your fingers anymore.
  4. The everyday pill that'll wreck your vision

    An aspirin a day won't do much for your heart, but it can do plenty for your eyes -- and not in a good way.
  5. The real secret to saving your eyes

    At some point in the next month, the feds are expected to approve a new drug to help treat macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in seniors.
  6. Fish is 'see' food

    Researchers examined the diets of 2,400 seniors between the ages of 65 and 84 who live in the seafood-crazy Eastern Shore region of Maryland, then gave them thorough eye exams.
  7. Eat for your eyes

    New research, published in the journal Ophthalmology, shows that your diet can help decrease your risk for macular degeneration.

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