My grandmother lost her sight to age-related macular degeneration (ARMD). It was heartbreaking to watch as the ability to do the things she loved—like reading and knitting—faded away along with her dwindling eyesight.
And, sadly, there wasn’t a thing that could be done to stop the decline.
Millions have lost their sight… and their independence… to diabetic retinopathy and ARMD. But now there’s finally a bright ray of hope in the fight against these types of blindness.
One powerful nutrient could turn the tables on vision loss, helping to prevent, and reverse macular degeneration.
Resveratrol reduces risk of macular degeneration
Scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine in St, Louis say that a plant compound called resveratrol is able to prevent the out-of-control blood-vessel growth (angiogenesis) in the eyes that leads to these debilitating conditions.
Resveratrol is found in…
- red wine
But there’s even more exciting news for those already suffering with these diseases. When researchers gave resveratrol to mice with irregular blood vessels in their eyes the abnormal blood vessels actually began to disappear!
Eliminates abnormal blood vessels in the eyes
So the phytochemical doesn’t JUST show great promise as a preventive therapy to keep new irregular blood vessels from forming. It’s also able to eliminate he abnormal vessels that have already begun to develop.
If you can tolerate alcohol, a small glass of red wine with dinner is a pleasant way to add more resveratrol to your diet. You can also eat more red and green grapes, cranberries, blueberries, and peanuts.
But if you’re using the fruits or nuts in a recipe don’t expect them to pack the same phytochemical punch, as heating them up tends to destroy much of their resveratrol content.
I’ve always said I would make a terrible blind person. Now, thankfully, I may never have to prove that to be true.