AMD risks could be reduced by combined dietary factors

A new analysis of dietary factors and risks for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is being highlighted in the May's issue of the  journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

According to the first study which analyzes the dietary combinations and AMD, it is claimed that a diet that includes key nutrients and low-glycemic index foods is likely to reduce risks for age-related macular degeneration (AMD),

This new analysis of Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) led by Chung-Jung Chiu, PhD, of the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University. The study team included AREDS researchers and was funded in part by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Unlike Chiu's study which is the first to associate specific food intake patterns with substantial AMD risk reductions. Previous studies including  had revealed the AMD-protective effects of several nutrients and of a low-glycemic index (GI) diet.

It is found that study participants whose diets included higher levels of protective nutrients and of low-GI foods were at lowest risk for early and advanced AMD.
There was 4,003 AREDS participants, involving 7,934 eyes.

The AMD-protective nutrients, includs vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids (DHA and EPA), as well as low-GI foods.

Even Beta-carotene, assessed in this and earlier studies, but did not affect risk levels in this analysis.

Food sources of nutrients that support good general and eye health include: citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables, and cold water fish.

Source: PR-Canada.Net

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