Time and time again, research has shown that making simple changes to your diet could dramatically reduce your risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
And the connection between dietary choices and AMD was the topic of a recent interview with Dr. Chris Knobbe, a leading ophthalmologist and founder of the Cure AMD Foundation.
Knobbe’s research shows that between 1851 (when doctors were first able to diagnose AMD) and 1930, there were less than 50 cases reported worldwide. But in the 1930s, rates of AMD began to rise—an upward trend that quickly skyrocketed.
By the mid-70s, AMD had exploded to about 4.5 million cases in America alone. And as of this year, experts estimate that nearly 200 million people across the globe are suffering with AMD.
What triggered this staggering rise?
The answer is painfully obvious: Processed foods began creeping into diets and eventually turned into what’s now known as the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Dr. Knobbe points to four of the most harmful ingredients of this diet—refined sugars, refined flour, polyunsaturated vegetable oils, and trans fatty acids. He also notes that the rise of these ingredients closely parallels the rise of AMD.
This is a view that Dr. Fred Pescatore agrees with and expands on in his Ageless Vision Protocol. As he puts it, “America’s love affair with processed food is one of the biggest contributors to diseases affecting your vision, such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.”
But eating healthy isn’t just about keeping dangerous foods out of your body. As Dr. Pescatore points out, it’s also about putting good stuff in…
Know what’s in your food—and where it came from
It’s no surprise that Dr. Pescatore strongly recommends eating plenty of foods that are rich in antioxidants. He notes that these nutrients protect and strengthen the small, delicate structures your eyesight depends on—like the cornea, the retina, and the optic nerve.
And the best way to get those antioxidants, he says, is to avoid pre-packaged meals and prepare your meals with fresh foods from local sources.
He says, “My local farmer’s market is my favorite place to shop for groceries. Of course, it can be tricky in the winter months. So when it’s cold out, the perimeter of any local supermarket works just as well in a pinch.
“The fact is, you should always know what’s in your food and where it came from.
“I realize this hard line makes dining out somewhat complicated. But you know what? There’s a simple solution to this problem (and I guarantee your wallet will thank you for it): Eat at home.”
That said, Dr. Pescatore knows that prepping a healthy grocery list and always eating at home can be overwhelming, so he’s developed an easy color-coded shopping guide to help you choose the healthiest options…
What to eat? Follow the colors…
Here’s a sample of what he calls his “eat the rainbow” approach:
- Green foods
“Where would we be,” he asks, “without kale, spinach, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts? There’s a reason so many of my recipes are built on green foods. Among many other nutrients, they’re loaded with lutein. This nutrient helps keep your eyes healthy by reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts.”
- Blue or purple foods
These delicious items include blackberries, blueberries, plums and red cabbage. Dr. Pescatore notes that they contain anthocyanins—antioxidants that boost brain health. And as he points out, anything that’s good for your brain is good for your eyes, which are a kind of extension of the brain.
- Orange and yellow foods
This group includes orange and yellow bell peppers, cantaloupe, carrots, and sweet potatoes. “Basically,” Dr. Pescatore says, “any orange fruit or vegetable is packed with beta-carotene, which protects your eyes and boosts your immune system.”
You can find Dr. Pescatore’s complete color-coded grocery guide for optimal vision health in his Ageless Vision Protocol. Click here to get started, or to learn more about this comprehensive approach to ultimate eye care.
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