Here’s a troubling fact: Millions of Americans will lose their eyesight due to age-related macular degeneration, or AMD.
AMD is a slow-moving disease that causes the critical sensory cells in your macula to break down and die. And in the advanced stages, you may not be able to read fine print, drive a vehicle, or even clearly recognize the faces of loved ones.
But as devasting as that sounds, there is good news. There’s one nutrient—known as lutein—that Dr. Fred Pescatore calls a bona-fide vision-saving superhero.
As Dr. Pescatore explains it in his Ageless Vision Protocol, “Lutein filters out harmful blue light and helps protect your eye from oxidative damage, keeping your vision healthy and clear.”
Today I’ll tell you about the research backing this vision-saving nutrient, and how to easily add lutein to your diet—starting at your very next meal.
Protecting you from two serious eye disorders at once
In his protocol, Dr. Pescatore cites an impressive clinical trial on lutein that included 90 veterans with AMD.
Thirty of the participants took a 10 mg lutein supplement every day, while a second group of 30 took lutein with an added mix of antioxidants and vitamins. The third group took a placebo.
One year later, the volunteers who took lutein showed marked improvements in three measures:
- Clearer vision with better contrast
- Macular pigment density
- Recovery from visual disturbances like glare headlights
Participants who took a placebo had no improvements in their vision.
But Dr. Pescatore stresses that this is just one of the numerous trials that support the use of lutein. And many of those studies have linked lutein intake with a lower risk of AMD.
For instance, he points to a recent meta-analysis of eight clinical trials that involved more than 1,000 AMD patients. Results showed that lutein can actually restore vision.
And lutein also reduces another leading cause of age-related vision loss: cataracts.
Cataracts impact the lens of your eye as proteins build up and cause the lens to thicken. And Dr. Pescatore adds that this process speeds up with exposure to free radicals from excessive UV exposure, stress, and poor diet.
The result: blurred vision, dimness, sensitivity to glare, and the dulling of colors.
But data from the Women’s Health Study shows that higher dietary intake of lutein can lower the risk of cataracts by nearly 20 percent.
Lutein’s benefits go well beyond your eyes
Dr. Pescatore strongly recommends taking 20 mg of lutein, two times each day.
And as for dietary sources, he says, “You’ll want to fill up on dark green, yellow, and orange vegetables—think spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, and winter squash. You can also turn to less conventional sources of lutein, like pistachios and egg yolks.”
And he adds that healthy fat is necessary for effective absorption of lutein and other carotenoids like zeaxanthin. In fact, he notes that zeaxanthin “teams up” with lutein to give you even greater protection from AMD. Dr. Pescatore recommends 4 mg of zeaxanthin daily. And dietary sources are nearly identical to lutein sources.