Eyes May See Better with These Foods

Logo_Dave_Apple Consuming foods such as dark green leafy vegetables rich in lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a new Chinese review of 6 prior studies.

Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. and it appears as though the compounds, both carotenoids, seem to protect the eyes by filtering out harmful blue light that can damage vision cells.

Lutein, also found in egg yolks, has been associated with benefits for eye health since 1994.  In the new analysis, both carotenoids were associated with a 26% reduction in the risk of late-stage AMD.

The research found only a non-significant 4% reduction in risk of early-stage AMD, however. Noting that only a few studies have examined the association between the carotenoids and AMD risk, scientists called for further research to provide “definitive conclusions.” – British Journal of Nutrition

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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