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August 2019 (Vol. 4 Issue 6)

Broccoli could fight eyesight loss in the elderly
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Broccoli could fight eyesight loss in the elderly image

Broccoli is already being tested as a cancer fighter—and now researchers think it could also combat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of eyesight loss in the elderly.

There’s one compound in particular in broccoli that seems to be having the positive health effects, and researchers have super-charged it 10 times to help prevent AMD.

The compound, indole-3-carbinol (I3C), helps the body clear toxins, a natural process that weakens as we get older.

In cases of AMD, the compound helps detoxify the retina, say researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing. However, people would need to eat ‘unreasonable’ amounts of broccoli to get the benefits just from the diet, and so their ‘supercharged’ version was tested as an injection.

But it could also be only part of the picture, they say. Fats from fish and omega fatty acids also seem to help protect us against AMD, according to other research studies, and so adding nuts, fish, dairy and vegetable oils to our diets as we get older could help save our eyesight.


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(Source: Scientific Reports, 2016; 6: 29025)

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