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Slash Your Blindness Risks, Improve Your Diet

Seems conventional medicine may be finally catching on to the wisdom of improving your health thanks to eating a healthier diet. Almost five years ago, I posted a terrific report on how to reverse macular degeneration. A new study shows how you can lower your odds of succumbing to this disease -- the leading cause of vision loss in seniors -- with an antioxidant-rich diet.

Researchers studied the diets of more than 4,000 seniors living in the Netherlands for clues about boosting eye health. Patients whose diets included foods rich in zinc, beta carotene and vitamins C and E were 35 percent less likely to develop macular degeneration, compared to those whose diets lacked any one of the aforementioned nutrients. Moreover, those whose diets were lacking in all of those nutrients increased their risks by 20 percent.

Just more evidence, the vitamins your body gets from eating a nutritious diet are far more beneficial for your health than taking supplements.

Unfortunately, scientists didn't track the value of foods rich in omega-3 fats which can do an incredible amount of good for you too.

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 294, No. 24, December 28, 2005: 3101-3107

Yahoo News December 27, 2005

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