July 2009 Issue
Protect Your Vision with Nutrient-Rich, Low-GI Foods
An analysis of data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) revealed that study participants whose diets were high in certain nutrients and foods with a low glycemic index (GI) had the lowest risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD, which initially affects central vision, may result in severe vision impairment and even blindness. In the study, participantsí food intake was analyzed to determine the amounts of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, and low-GI foods they were consuming.
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