Carrots really are good for your eyes

By Tim Locke
WebMD UK Health News
Medically Reviewed by Dr Sheena Meredith
Carrots really do appear to be good for your eyes, according to new US research.
Although not directly being linked to helping you see in the dark, pigments in brightly coloured vegetables, called carotenoids, may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
This condition affects the macula in the centre of the retina at the back of the eye. This can gradually reduce a person’s vision and affects around 1 in every 10 over-65s.
Carotenoids give the bright colours to carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach and kale.

Long-term study

The findings come from 20 years of data following more than 63,000 women and almost 39,000 men who worked in healthcare and took part in the US Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
At the start of the research they were aged 50 and over, and had not been diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or cancer.
The participants reported the food they ate through questionnaires and additional tests were carried out.
Harvard Medical School researchers found that eating more lutein/zeaxanthin and alpha-carotene carotenoids were linked with people having less of a chance of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration…….
Read more: http://www.webmd.boots.com/eye-health/news/20151012/carrots-really-are-good-for-your-eyes
Source: Web MD

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