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January 20, 2013

Eating for your eyes

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Corn is also a good source of lutein, but lutein in eggs has been shown to increase the lutein level in blood more, so eggs are thought to be a richer source.

The best sources of lutein are egg yolks, kale, dark green, leafy salad greens, spinach – especially chopped and cooked but raw is great as well – corn and peas.

Omega 3 fats, found in walnuts, certain fish and flax, also may be important for eye health. Omega 3 fatty acids will decrease person’s risk of progression in advanced AMD, which often leads to vision loss.

Kathy Smith is a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Parker County. Contact her at (817) 598-6168 or kl-smith@tamu.edu.

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