| Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of naturally occurring blindness among the elderly in developed countries and a leading cause of vision impairment in general. Some surveys estimate that approximately 10 million Americans show early signs of this disease and 450,000 or more may already have significant vision loss from late-stage AMD. Macular degeneration, among those over 55, is reaching epidemic proportions with the baby boom generation now falling victim to this disease.
The risk of AMD increases with age and women may be at a higher risk than men. Although AMD is an incurable condition, research at the University of Florida found that healthy eating which, includes diets rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, could lower the risk of AMD as much as 82% compared with those outside of that group.
Zeaxanthin and Lutein are the only two carotenoids found in the retina of the eye. Scientific research has shown that supplementation with these carotenoids can increase macular pigment density, thus providing natural protection against macular degeneration. The amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in the eye is referred to as macular pigment density. People with the highest risk of AMD, that is the elderly, women, smokers and people with light iris colours, also tend to have low macular pigment density.
Macular pigment density can be increased by dietary means. Such evidence provides an indirect link between dietary intake of zeaxanthin and lutein, macular pigment density and AMD risk.
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