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Home » What's New » 10 Ways to help prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration

10 Ways to help prevent Age-Related Macular Degeneration

healthy senior coupleAsk your doctor about age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—the leading cause of severe vision loss for people over the age of 50. AMD has caused vision loss in over 2.7 million Americans and is on the rise.

1. Avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Weight gain
  • High glycemic index foods: The white fluffies (e.g. pasta, spaghetti, white bread, bakery products, white rice, potatoes)
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Soda and sweetened drinks
  • Dairy products (cheese, milk, ice cream)
  • Artificial sweeteners including ingredients like aspartame (NutraSweet® and Equal®), sucralose (Splenda®), and saccharine (Sweet ‘n Low®)
  • Grain-fed meat
  • Trans fats
  • Environmental toxins like phthalates and pesticides

2. Eat foods with omega-3 and/or take supplements

  • Wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and mackerel
  • Omega-3 fish oil supplements. EPA + DHA should equal at least seventy percent of the total fish oil listed on the product (triglyceride form)

3. Anti-inflammatory diet/Paleo diet

  • Organic vegetables and organic fruits (berries) (3:1 vegetables to fruits)
  • Raw unsalted nuts and seeds, grass-fed hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, organic and hormone-free turkey and chicken, eggs, including yolk (from pasture-fed, hormone- and antibiotic-free chickens)
  • Healthy fats: avocado, olive oil, raw and unprocessed coconut oil—best for cooking

4. Eat foods that contain lutein and zeaxanthin

  • Dark green leafy vegetables (e.g. ½ cup raw spinach, kale and collard greens)
  • Goji berries, egg yolks, orange peppers, yellow peppers, oranges, peaches and bananas

5. Drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid throughout the day, preferably filtered water

6. Spices

  • Cinnamon, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, Himalayan salt, curcumin, ginger and paprika

7. Vitamin D3: Optimal blood levels (25-hydroxy vitamin D levels 50–70 ng/ml)

  • Obtain a serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D measurement prior to determine if you should take a supplement. Obtain these measurements twice per year (summer and winter) during supplementation
  • It is important to take vitamin K2, along with vitamin D3, for proper calcium absorption

8. Stress reduction and regular exercise (consult your family doctor)

  • Sleep seven to eight hours every night

9. Recommended supplements for ocular nutrition:

  • MacuHealth® with LMZ3
  • EyePromise® Restore
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Resveratrol with Pterostilbene
  • Astaxanthin

10. Recommended reading:

  • “Paleo Diet” by Loren Cordain, PhD (latest edition)
  • “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD
  • “Eat Right For Your Sight” by Jennifer Trainer Thompson and Johanna M. Seddon, MD
  • “The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook” by Loren Cordain, PhD