Lutein, zeaxanthin for AMD protection: more science

Higher intakes of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin in the diet may slash the risk of age-related macular degeneration by 65 per cent, suggests a new study from Down Under. «In this population-based cohort study, the authors found that higher dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin may confer protection against long-term incident neovascular AMD or indistinct soft or reticular drusen and that zinc intake from diet and supplements combined may protect against early or any AMD. A high intake of vegetables also was protective for any AMD» The researchers, from the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle, report that people with the highest average intakes of dietary lutein and zeaxanthin had a 65 per cent reduced risk of neo-vascular AMD than those with the lowest average intakes. Moreover, high zinc intake was associated with a 44 per cent reduction in any type of AMD, and a 46 per cent reduction in early AMD.
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