Macular degeneration is a sneaky disease.
It often progresses so slowly at first that you might not even be aware you have it for a long time… even years.
Perhaps images appear a bit out of focus, and you chalk it up to aging eyes. Until one day, you realize the vision in the center of your eyes is fading away.
The conventional take on age-related macular degeneration is there’s not much you can do about it.
If you don’t smoke and develop AMD, you’re considered unlucky, and you just have to learn to live with it. That, and with the loss of independence that follows.
But as usual, mainstream medicine has blinders on.
Because you DON’T have to wait around like a sitting duck, hoping you aren’t going to go blind. And swearing off cigarettes isn’t the only thing you can do to reduce your risk.
You can fight back starting now to avoid losing your sight late in life.
And you’re never going to believe how easy it is. Or how effective this “prescription” for avoiding age-related macular degeneration can be.
According to researchers, you can send your risk plummeting simply by visiting the produce section once a week.
Because a new study has revealed downing a daily dose of ORANGES could literally keep you from going blind.
Orange flavonoids slash age-related macular degeneration risk
And this wasn’t some quickie three-week-long study that leaves us with more questions than answers, either.
The Australian researchers reached their conclusion after 15 long years of careful observation of a group of 2,000 adults over the age of 50.
The team looked specifically at the flavonoid-rich foods that the volunteers regularly ate such as tea, red wine, apples, and oranges.
And when they combed through the data one food shot to the top of the list. It turns out the flavonoids in oranges stood out as offering SPECIFIC protection against age-related macular degeneration.
In fact, folks who were eating one or more servings of the citrus a day were a stunning 61 percent less likely to have developed the disease after 15 years than those who weren’t fans of the fruit.
3 MORE ways to lower you AMD risk
Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen effective natural solutions for saving your eyesight. With a few more simple steps, you can lower your risk for macular degeneration even further.
1. Vitamin D:
A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology found that older women with low levels of vitamin D had a between 1.5 and 2.6 times higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
And according to the researchers, if you’re genetically predisposed to AMD getting enough D is even more critical. Because in that case your risk skyrockets by a stunning 670 percent.
Low vitamin D levels aren’t uncommon, and your risk for them rises with age. Get your D levels checked and if you’re running low consider taking a supplement of between 2,000 and 5,000 IU per day. Your doc can help you decide on the dose that’s right for you.
According to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis the plant compound resveratrol could send your risk for macular degeneration plummeting.
You’ve probably heard resveratrol referred to as the “red-wine nutrient” because red grapes, and the wine made from them, are a good source of the compound. But you will also find it in blueberries, cranberries, and peanuts.
According to the animal study, resveratrol not only can help prevent irregular blood vessels from forming in the eyes. The nutrient could also help eliminate abnormal ones which have already started to develop.
You can get more resveratrol through your diet. But you also may want to consider taking a supplement.
Eating more foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids could reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration even further.
In a 12-year study, U.S. scientists kept track of the diets of 2,000 men and women who were at moderate to high risk of developing macular degeneration. And it turned out those folks who ate the most omega-3 rich fish slashed their risk of both the wet and dry forms of AMD by over 30 percent.
A similar Australian study confirmed those findings. In that study, scientists concluded that eating fish twice a week could slash your risk for advanced AMD by 38 percent.
Herring, salmon, sardines, and tuna are all rich in omega-3s. Just be sure to choose wild-caught varieties instead of farm raised which can be high in mercury and other toxins. Other omega-3 rich foods include walnuts, oysters, flaxseed, and chia seed.
Later research found higher doses of omega-3s might be the most effective. And may even help restore some vision for folks who’ve already lost some sight. So you may want to consider taking cod liver oil or a fish oil supplement too.
Build a barrier against blindness starting today with these natural macular degeneration fighters.
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