Source:  www.aao.org  / Sep. 27, 2018

Written By: Kierstan Boyd

These heart-healthy foods may lower your risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration

Eating the nutritious vegetables, fruits and fish of a Mediterranean-inspired diet can reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or having it become more advanced.

European study and a Portuguese study both show that a diet rich in plant-based foods and fish, with less dairy and red meat, may reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), or prevent it from becoming worse.

The Mediterranean diet generally includes:

  • vegetables (especially leafy, green ones like spinach);
  • fruits;
  • nuts (like almonds, cashews, pistachios and walnuts);
  • whole grains (such as complete grains of wheat, rice, oats, barley, rye, quinoa);
  • fish (such as fresh or water-packed salmon, tuna, trout, mackerel or herring); and
  • olive or canola oil instead of butter.