Eat an orange a day to keep the AMD away

Oranges are the latest fruit to win accolades for their potential health benefits. The latest study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research were examining the effect flavonoids had on age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More than 2,000 Australian adults aged 50 and over were interviewed […]

Fruit fly eyes helpful in understanding human blindness

Scientists have long understood that blue light will make fruit flies go blind but had been unable to determine why. A recent Purdue University study revealed how blue light kills cells in the eyes of the fruit fly and opens up the possibility of further understanding human eye diseases such as macular degeneration. Researchers compared […]

Lutein levels in the eye linked to higher achievement in children

Two recent studies demonstrated that children who do better in school have higher lutein levels in the eye. Even after taking in consideration other factors including IQ, gender, body composition and physical fitness, children that had higher lutein levels did better on cognition tests and performed better academically. In the first study, researchers measured lutein […]

Americans’ Greatest Health Fear? Going Blind

A study conducted by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that most Americans deem loss of vision as the worst thing that could happen to them even when compared to memory loss, loss of speech, hearing or loss of limb or having HIV/AIDS. Despite the fact that most Americans […]

Mediterranean diet lessens AMD risk

The Mediterranean diet has long been lauded for its confirmed health benefits and now offering protection against age-related macular degeneration can be added to its list of benefits. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fish and limited red meat and butter are the hallmarks of the Mediterranean diet. The University of Coimbra in Portugal launched […]

Lutemax 2020 featured in R.B.I. Vision Performance

The results of the first LAMA (Lutein, Vision and Mental Acuity) study showed that the combination of three macular carotenoids – lutein, zeaxanthin, and mesozeaxanthin – may increase the macular pigment ocular density (MPOD) even faster than previous studies had demonstrated. This study showed that in just a period of eight weeks, the MPOD of study […]

Broccoli-related compound benefits Macular Degeneration

A compound found in broccoli known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C) is currently being researched for it’s potential in preventing cancer and researchers are also hopeful it can be used to treat AMD. I3C activates the AhR protein, which clears environmental toxins from cells. Researchers noted that mice that were deficient in AhR developed an eye condition […]

Vitamin C may prevent cataracts

If you happen to love orange juice, gulp down another glass as a recent study points to a diet rich in vitamin C may help to prevent the formation of cataracts. Researchers were looking to determine the effect of diet on the progression of cataracts. The researchers used the UK Twins Registry to study 1,000 […]

Carrots’ carotenoids contribute to eye health

Data from a population survey was analyzed by a Harvard University led team. The study tracked more than 100,000 patients aged fifty years and older over a period of 25 years. Researchers found that patients who consumed the highest levels of lutein and zeaxanthin were 40 percent less likely to develop the advanced form of […]

Zeaxanthin a hit for MLB players

Major Leage Baseball players know that having great skills won’t get you very far if your vision and ability to focus on the ball is not optimal. Sensitivity to light and squinting can diminish a player’s abilities. Researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that daily consumption of zeaxanthin, which is found in many […]