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To substantially reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—a leading cause of blindness—consume a diet rich in certain antioxidant vitamins and minerals.

Researchers in the Netherlands evaluated the dietary habits of more than 4,000 people age 55 and older who didn’t have AMD. The follow-up, eight years later, showed that those who ate above average amounts of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and zinc had a 35 percent lower risk of AMD. The study results place more value on antioxidants in foods than in supplements. There seems to be more health benefits when eating whole foods where the food’s nutrients interact with each other.

You receive vitamin C from citrus fruits, broccoli, peppers, and potatoes. Whole grains, vegetable oils, and nuts boast healthy amounts of vitamin E. Carrots, spinach, and kale provide beta-carotene. Your best source of zinc? Whole grains.

Mayo Clinic Health Letter

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Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, October 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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