1. Antioxidants May Help
Unlike other applications, antioxidants have shown real promise for the prevention of age related eye disease. (AMD)
2. Type Matters
Not all antioxidants are created equal however. One study showed that Zinc may have a particularly strong protective effect.
3. Eat your vegetables
When it comes to nutrition, another study suggests that vegetables may be better than carrots when it comes to antioxidants. Patients given lutein had better outcomes than those given beta-carotene, which comes from carrots.
When it comes to eye health and antioxidants, Zinc is a champion. As shown by the data below, much of the benefit from antioxidants comes from zinc, in the context of eye health.
This study shows that the type of antioxidant you take matters. In this case, zinc showed the greatest benefit. All other antioxidants may have helped, but not nearly as much as Zinc.
One study suggests that antioxidants from vegetables may be more effective than antioxidants from carrots when it comes to protecting your eyes from age-related disease.
Generally, secondary analyses such as this study are not as reliable as primary analysis. However, these data suggest an interesting connection between the type of antioxidant you take in and eye health.
How they work
Antioxidants prevent cell damage by counteracting free radicals.
Effect on Disease
Research on Antioxidants and disease prevention has shown mixed results.
Berries & Fruit
Your body makes vitamin A with beta-carotene, commonly found in carrots.
Found in all sorts of fruits, Vitamin C is a very commonly consumed antioxidant.
Vitamin E can be found in nuts and seeds.