Zinc: An Important Mineral for Boosting Immunity

Feeling a sniffle coming on? Try a zinc lozenge. Skin not up to par? Consider eating more foods that contain zinc or taking zinc supplements because chances are you’re not getting enough of this vital mineral — the USDA says that more than 70 percent of Americans do not get the recommended dietary allowance for zinc. But zinc is an important weapon in your battle to stay healthy, because it is a key element in boosting immunity and helping fight infections. Zinc can fight many conditions including: (more…)

Goji Berry Supplementation May Prevent Macular Degeneration.

Macular degeneration is a major cause of gradual, painless, central vision loss in the elderly. The average age at onset of visual loss is about 75 years. After the age of 50 years, the incidence steadily increases; over one-third of people in their ninth decade of life are affected. Researchers have implied that certain conditions may contribute to the disorder. Some of these are arteriosclerosis, oxidative damage, photic damage, inflammation, diet, vitamin and rare element deficiencies, and genetics. (more…)

Researchers explore omega-3 mechanisms in neovascular eye disease

Researchers explore omega-3 mechanisms in neovascular eye diseaseAn article in the February 9, 2011 issue of Science Translational Medicine unveils a mechanism for omega-3 fatty acids in protecting the eye against retinopathy (which affects people with diabetes), as well as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Both diseases are characterized by abnormal, leaky blood vessel growth.  Neovascular eye diseases are currently treated with the drugs Macugen or Lucentis, but can still lead to blindness.  (more…)

Slash Your Risk of Going Blind With This One Food

I remember when my grandmother started to lose her eyesight. It was devastating for her. Nana had always been an active reader, crafter, and volunteer. And as her sight faded away, so did some of her zest for life.

Now an exciting new finding may save others from going through what my grandmother had to. (more…)

Higher vitamin D levels associated with reduced risk of macular degeneration among women

The results of a study reported in the April, 2011 issue of the American Medical Association journal Archives of Ophthalmology suggest that having a high level of vitamin D could be protective against the development of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss in adults.

The Study involved 1,313 women participants in the Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study (CAREDS), an ancillary study within the Women’s Health Initiative. Serum samples drawn between 1994 and 1998 were analyzed for 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which reflects vitamin D exposure from oral sources and sunlight. Dietary questionnaires administered upon enrollment were analyzed for vitamin D intake from food and supplements. (more…)