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April 30, 2004

Vision Health

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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Age-Related Macular Degeneration



Diabetic Retinopathy

Keep It Simple Tip: Palming

Nutritional Therapies

Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Age-related

Macular Degeneration

Antioxidants for AMD and Cataracts

Help for Dry Eyes

Protect Your Eyes from Strain

Complementary Therapies

Red Light Therapy for Macular Degeneration

Ozone Therapy for Macular Degeneration



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