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Supplements, diet can help protect vision in old age

June 11, 2009 by  

Supplements, diet can help protect vision in old ageDietary research has provided new insights into ways of preventing or minimizing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

AMD occurs when blood vessels in the center of the retina break down, and experts predict the debilitating condition will have a growing human and economic impact as the U.S. population ages.

A recent study demonstrated that nutritional supplementation with a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid may decrease the risk of AMD in women.

However, proper diet also plays a crucial role as new research published in Archives of Ophthalmology suggest a diet rich in fish, olive oil and nuts may have a protective effect.

According to, scientists from the University of Sydney followed 2,454 men and women for up to a decade, and found people who ate a serving of fish every week were 31 percent less likely to develop early AMD than those who did not, the website says.

In addition to that, two servings of nuts each week reduced the risk by 35 percent.

The researchers also warn foods that have a detrimental impact on vision include commercial baked goods and fried products which contain trans-fatty acids.

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