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Fruits and Vegetables Decrease Risk of Macular Degeneration

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Raw or cooked kale offers the greatest amount of carotenoids for the prevention of macular degeneration and cataracts.

Did you know you can decrease your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by eating more vegetables and fruits? Raw or cooked, these food types offer the most important dietary source of carotenoids for good vision. Our retinas consist mostly of lutein and zeaxanthin — two carotenoids that are absorbed from fruits and veggies — and are essential for eye health. You can find them in green produce like kale, collards, spinach, broccoli, lettuce and peas. Fruits like tangerines and oranges are also rich in carotenoids. To learn more about these nutrients, visit the American Macular Degeneration Foundation.

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