Getting more vitamin D may help stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD)**, according to a new study from Archives of Ophthalmology. A leading cause of blindness in the United States, AMD gradually destroys your central vision.
Looking at data on 1,313 women, researchers found that higher levels of vitamin D were linked to a significantly decreased AMD risk among study members age 75 and younger. For instance, women in that age group who consumed the most vitamin D had a 59 percent lower risk of developing AMD (compared to age-matched women who took in the least vitamin D).
Although vitamin D is available in some foods and produced naturally by your body during exposure to the sun’s UVB rays, many medical experts recommend increasing your vitamin D levels by taking a daily supplement. Past research suggests that vitamin D may also protect against high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, and certain types of cancer.
**Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss which is affecting more than 12 million American people.