Three Servings of Fruit Per Day to Decrease Macular Degeneration Risk
A recent study has shown that eating fruit may help protect
against age related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older
people. The study followed 77,562 women for 18 years and 40,866 men for 12
years. The women were participants in the Nurses’ Health Study, and the men
were part of the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.
All participants were at least 50 years old when the
studies began. At the end of the studies, both women and men who had three or
more servings of fruit per day had a lower incidence of macular degeneration.
Vegetable consumption did not have an effect.
The Archives of Ophthalmology, June 2004.