Fruit may help prevent AMD

January 14, 2008

Madison, WI-Strawberries and fruit, in general, may help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Madison, WI-Strawberries have phytochemicals, anthocyanins and ellagitannins, two types of phenols, which are extremely healthy and can lower the risk of developing cancer, according to researchers.

However, a study published in Archives of Ophthalmology, shows that strawberries and fruit, in general, also may help lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Adults who eat three or more servings of fruit a day could cut the risk of AMD by 36% when compared with adults who eat less than 1 1/2 servings of fruit daily.

Although vegetables also contain many of the same antioxidants and phytochemicals, fruit consumption made the most difference in lowering incidence of AMD.