AMD & Diet

A study done at Tufts University was completed with evidence that dietary intakes of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein/zeaxanthin, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid (omega-3) and low-dietary glycemic index (dGI) can help reduce the risk of AMD. The researchers began by assigning scores to each food. Results showed that higher compound scores were associated with lower risk for early AMD.*

Therefore, diets that provide low dGI and higher intakes of these nutrients may be associated with the greatest reduction in risk for advanced AMD.

* Chiu CJ, Milton RC, Klein R, Gensler G, Taylor A. Jean Mayer United States Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Department of Ophthalmology School of Medicine, Tufts University, 711 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111, USA.

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