Friday, October 28, 2011
I was recently told by a close friend (a nurse) that her grandmother had told her to eat 1/4 cup of spinach a day to protect her vision. She observed that those in her family who listened to that advice had their vision throughout their lives, though the ones who did not follow that advice were plagued with vision issues of various kinds.
This month's issue of Better Homes and Gardens has a short article on page 215 under the BetterHealth News banner.
"Feast you eyes
If age-related macular degeneration (AMD) runs in your family, tweaking your diet could save your sight, according to a 10-year study in the Archives of Ophthalmology. Dutch researchers tracked more than 2,000 volunteers over the age of 55 and discovered that those who had one of two high risk gene variations were 30 percent less likely to develop AMD when their diets were rich in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids. follow-up studies will determine why. In the meantime, follow the U.S. guidelines of consuming 8 mg of zinc per day and several servings of omega-3 rich food per week. Good sources of zinc include beef, oysters, pork, lamb, and fortified cereals. Omega-3s are found in fatty fish such as salmon and herring, as well as walnuts and flaxseed."