Fruit-Rich Mediterranean Diet May Protect against AMD
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness, especially for aging adults. A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology revealed that AMD was reduced in people who closely follow the Mediterranean diet, especially fruit consumption. In particular, the researchers saw a correlation between a higher consumption of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, nutrients rich in the Mediterranean diet. High caffeine, another antioxidant, was also seen to be protective.
The health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes plant-based foods while limiting red meat and butter, has been shown for heart health and reduced risk of cancer in numerous other studies. Adding this new evidence for protection against AMD reinforces the value of this nutritional approach.
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