April 30, 2004
Lutein and Zeaxanthin for AMD
Lutein and zeaxanthin are
two carotenoids (phytonutrients found in yellow, orange, and leafy
green vegetables) that are especially beneficial for your eyes.
These two nutrients can be likened to a pair of sunglasses. They
work by filtering harmful UV rays, thereby protecting the cells
from damage. To help prevent oxidation of the macula, a cause of
age-related macular degeneration (AMD), be sure to get enough lutein
and zeaxanthin in your diet.
A study published in the November 1994 issue of
the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at
356 people aged 55 to 80 with advanced AMD. Researchers found that
an increased intake of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin was
strongly associated with a decreased risk for AMD.
I recommend taking 15 mg of lutein and
3 mg of zeaxanthin a day to support the health of your eyes.
You should also increase your intake of foods that are rich in lutein
and zeaxanthin. These include yellow and orange foods, such as corn
and sweet potatoes, and green leafy vegetables, especially spinach
and collard greens, as well as broccoli, zucchini, celery, and romaine
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