Mediterranean Diet Reduces Blindness Risk By 26 Percent

By Julienne Roman
For anyone who has eye problems or want to live the rest of their lives vision problem free, switching to the Mediterranean diet may be the way to go.
Researchers found that the fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and olive oil staples of the Mediterranean diet can help prevent blindness and combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Based on the findings published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that those who regularly consumed Mediterranean diet foods reduced their chance of getting AMD by as much as 26 percent. For those who are more susceptible to having AMD, the risk was cut by one-third.
“We examined the association of adherence to the Mediterranean diet and genetic susceptibility with progression to advanced AMD,” the authors wrote in their study. “[We found that] adherence to a Mediterranean-type diet is linked to a lower risk of mortality and chronic disease.”

Researchers studied the dietary habits of more than 2,500 participants then tracked them down for 13 years. Based on the volunteers’ results, the team found that eating a diet rich in vegetables and oily fish helped the most in protecting the eyes from AMD.

This is because fruits, vegetables and oily fish have always been rich in antioxidants that prevent inflammation. Kale, in particular, is also rich in lutein, an antioxidant specifically associated with good eye health.
This is a potentially helpful find to concerned people because AMD has been recently defined by experts as the leading cause of blindness worldwide……..
Source: Tech Times