How Vegans Protect Their Eyesight

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The eyes suffer the most from nutritional deficiency. especially as we age. This gradual decline begins with having to wear glasses and could progress to eye degeneration when diet is incorrect. Research reveals that deficiencies and degeneration are more prevalent in people who eat red meat.

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Macular Degeneration Is An Epidemic

AMD is a leading cause of vision loss in the U.S., that destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. Age-related macular degeneration (a nutritional deficiency) is the leading cause of blindness among the aging. Proper diet has been postulated to alter the risk of macular degeneration occurrence.

A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, evaluated associations between red meat and chicken intake and macular degeneration.

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Researchers conducted a cohort study of 6,734 persons aged 58-69 years in 1990-1994 in Melbourne, Australia. Meat intake was estimated from a food frequency questionnaire. At follow-up (2003-2006), bilateral digital macular photographs were taken and evaluated for macular degeneration and revealed 1,680 cases of early macular degeneration and 77 cases of late macular degeneration.

The research concluded that higher red meat intake was positively associated with early macular degeneration. Similar trends toward increasing prevalence of early macular degeneration were seen with higher intakes of fresh and processed red meats and less from eating chicken.

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Fruits And Vegetables Nourish The Eyes

More research out of Harvard regarding the health of the eyes shows that dietary antioxidants vitamins and minerals (A, C, and E, and the mineral zinc) may prevent macular degeneration.

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Eat More of These Vegan Foods To Avoid Macular Degeneration

Vegan foods to eat more of to get the necessary antioxidants, Vitamins C, E, A, lutein and zeaxanthin and zinc that prevent macular degeneration include all berries, but particularly the wild blueberry, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, collard greens, kale, nectarines, oranges, papayas, all leafy greens, (particularly, romaine lettuce and spinach), grapefruit, kiwi, oranges, winter squash, apricots, cantaloupe, carrots, mangos, cherries, chickpeas, red peppers, spinach, sweet potatoes, almonds, broccoli, peanut butter, spinach, sunflower seeds. Get omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed and walnuts.

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