Cure for Macular Degeneration – Get It Now for only 99 cents!

Sounds like a late-night infomercial promising nothing more than an effective way to lighten your wallet, right?

In this case it’s 100% true and easier than you think.

Approximately 3 million older adults have age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the most common form of blindness as we age. AMD affects the central part of the retina, obscuring your central vision but leaving your peripheral vision intact. Women are at greatest risk, with 15% of women over 80 developing this condition. Unfortunately, no medication can prevent AMD, and the best treatments involve regular injections of medication directly into the eyeball, something no one looks forward to.

AMD is one of those scary conditions that seriously affect our quality of life as we get older. The good news is that you can prevent AMD with a simple, delicious recipe that costs less than a Quarter Pounder at McDonalds (which, by the way, won’t prevent anything).

Dark green vegetables like kale and collard greens are rich in two antioxidants critical for preserving vision: lutein and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants are absorbed in our diet and concentrated in the retina where they protect the eye from free radical damage. This mechanism is critical to the eye’s normal functioning; the eye is constantly exposed to highly focused rays of ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and consequently is the organ most vulnerable to free radical damage. Lutein and zeaxanthin are concentrated in what is called the macular pigment, and when this pigment is depleted blindness occurs.

In addition to being antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin actually filter light before it hits the retina, giving us a second layer of protection from the sun’s rays. Maintaining adequate levels of lutein and zeaxanthin is our best defense against macular degeneration: a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people with the highest dietary intake of carotenoids had the lowest risk of developing macular degeneration. Eating vegetables rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, like kale, spinach or collard greens, had the strongest effect, with a 40% reduction in risk.

Half a cup of cooked kale contains over 160% of your daily requirement of these important antioxidants, meaning that 1.5 cups per week would put you easily into the lowest risk group for age-related blindness. If the thought of a cup and a half of raw kale is enough to have you questioning how much you really need your eyesight, try this recipe below. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and tastes out-of-this-world. The flavors of garlic and red wine vinegar are a nice complement to the kale, and make this a satisfying dish for even the most committed meat-and-potatoes crowd. No matter what your age, starting to add this or other dark green vegetable recipes into your routine now is the surest way to keep your vision long into the future. And with a bunch of organic kale costing 99 cents at Ralph’s, it won’t break your bank either.

Sautéed Kale

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds kale
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced or minced
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. red wine vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat
  • Chop kale into 1-2 inch pieces, including stems
  • Add garlic, cook until soft
  • Add kale and water, turn heat to high and cover for 5 minutes
  • Remove cover and cook, stirring frequently until water has evaporated
  • Remove to plate, toss with vinegar, and serve