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ARMD – (Age related macular degeneration)

This is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65 in the UK. ARMD is a painless condition that affects the macula (the small central part of the retina responsible for central and detailed vision), therefore it can lead to difficulties with reading, writing and driving.

Research suggests that nutrition may play an important role in ARMD. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids or anti-oxidants found at the macula, they help to maintain healthy cells and tissues. They are found in almost all fruits and vegetables, but in particular dark green leafy ones such as spinach and kale. It has been shown that increasing your intake of antioxidants could help to slow the progression of ARMD. For those people who are unable to modify their diet, nutritional supplements may be an alternative.

There are a number of different vitamin supplements available at present which offer the minerals which may slow macula degeneration.

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