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Eye health. Can diet help combat age-related macular degeneration?

Article by Fabafterfifty

What is Age-related macular degeneration? (AMD) Age-related macular degeneration occurs when the cells of the macula become damaged and stop functioning.

There are two types of AMD: Wet AMD & Dry AMD. “Dry” AMD is the most common form of the condition. It develops very slowly causing gradual loss of central vision. “Wet” AMD results in new blood vessels growing behind the retina, this causes bleeding and scarring, which can lead to sight loss. Risk factors for macular degeneration There are a number of risk factors associated with AMD, including: Age – the condition is more likely to appear in older people Smoking – has been linked to the development of AMD Sunlight – a life-time of exposure to the sunlight can affect your retina Based on information from: http://www.rnib.org.uk/(Royal National Institute of Blind People)

Can diet help prevent age related macular degeneration?

Eating a healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids, can help maintain healthy eyes. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli and peas contain high levels of lutein[1], an ingredient which has been shown to help promote healthy vision.[2] Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish, flaxseed and walnuts, have also been shown to help benefit eye health by protecting against oxidative stress.[3] Many people don’t consume enough lutein or omega-3 in their diet, which is why ICaps has created some tasty lutein and omega-3 rich recipes to help keep eyes in tip-top shape.

 Creamy Salmon Pasta Carbonara With Balsamic Spinach Salad

Serves: 4 Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Ingredient:s 400g linguine or spaghetti

150g hot smoked salmon, in flakes – rich in omega 3

150g smoked salmon, cut into strips – rich in omega 3

2 large egg yolks

1 lemon, zest and juice (3 tbsp)

150ml half fat crème fraiche 1 tablespoon grainy mustard

2 tablespoons dill, chopped

For the salad: 150g baby leaf spinach – rich in lutein

200g cherry tomatoes, halved

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon extra virgin rapeseed oil


1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook according to pack instructions.

2. Meanwhile, in a bowl mix the crème fraiche, egg yolks, mustard, dill, lemon zest and juice and some seasoning. Place the spinach and tomatoes in a large serving bowl.

3. Drain the pasta when it’s ready and place back in the saucepan, but not over the heat. Add both types of salmon, the crème fraiche and the lemon sauce. Mix really well. Serve in pasta bowls.

4. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and oil with some seasoning over the salad and serve on the side. You should try to eat six to 10mg of lutein a day.

If you are not getting enough lutein from your diet alone, this is where ICaps® can help. ICaps one-a-day formula contains 10mg of lutein/zeaxanthin, antioxidants concentrated in the macula which are found naturally in healthy eyes. Lutein is an antioxidant that plays a particularly beneficial role in helping to keep eyes healthy

ICaps® also contains: • zinc, an important mineral found in high concentrations in healthy eyes • vitamins A, C & E, other essential vitamins and minerals important for good visual function


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