Macular degeneration is scary. Otherwise known as AMD, it’s the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in older adults. Those diagnosed with macular degeneration often experience slow but steady loss of their central vision, making it difficult for them to drive, read, or even identify the faces of their friends and family. In essence, macular degeneration can be a debilitating condition that erodes one’s confidence and independence
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many steps one can take to prevent macular degeneration and slow the development of AMD. And one of the most important ways to keep AMD at bay involves making critical changes to one’s diet…
1. Consume Lots of Healthy Greens
The darker the green, the better. For decades researchers have known that people who eat more vegetables full of carotenoids have a much, much lower risk of developing AMD than people who avoid these foods.
In fact, if you go all the way back to 1994–the year Forrest Gump and the first Sony PlayStation were released–researcher published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concluded that the people who eat the most vegetables dense in carotenoids had a 43-percent lower risk of getting macular degeneration than people who left those leafy greens on their plate. The good news is that leafy, green vegetables, like spinach, kale, and collard greens, are absolutely packed with these carotenoids.