Question: Please advise me on how to best address macular degeneration. My doctor suggested that it is an irreversible condition. He recommended a mega Vitamin A supplement as the only means to delay the progression of the disease. I try to follow a Nutritarian diet, although I still consume too many animal products. Can you please advise me on dietary and/or supplemental alternatives?
Answer: Macular Degeneration is a dietary-caused disease that impairs vision; it is improved or reversed by eating a Nutritarian diet and worsened with more animal products in the diet. The best thing you can do to mitigate further decline is to have a wide array of high nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits. These contain the carotenoid antioxidants like zeaxanthin and lutein. Zeaxanthin and lutein concentrate in the macula, where they protect against oxidative damage and filter light to improve vision. It is essential to eat lots of leafy, cruciferous greens, carrots, spinach, squashes, berries, mango, and nuts/seeds to accumulate these beneficial carotenoids. My Women’s or Men’s Daily Formula and DHA/EPA Purity would be of benefit. You may need more Vitamin D depending on your blood level. Rely on food to get the thousands of important phytonutrients that you need to fight this disease. I advise against supplementation with vitamin A, as it has been linked with increased cancer risk.