December 30th 2005
Research indicates that eating a diet rich in beta carotene, vitamins C and E, and zinc will substantially reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is one of the leading causes of blindness in older people.
Your mother may have been right: Eating carrots will help your eyesight. People who eat high levels of vitamin E and zinc in their diet reduced their risk of AMD by 10%. By adding beta carotene (found in carrots) and vitamin C people are able to reduce the risk by 35%.
Preventing Blindness Through Nutritional Intervention
1. Risk of developing advanced disease was reduced by about 25% in those with intermediate damage from taking 500 mg of vitamin C, 15 mg of beta carotene, 400 IU of vitamin E and 80 mg of zinc on a daily basis. Ferris, et al. Archives of Opthalmology; Oct 01. (Ed.