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Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Eating for Eyesight: Which Foods Protect Your Eyes?

Can what you eat affect your eyesight? And which foods protect your eyes? Research shows that three particular carotenoids, each of them antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, play a role in good vision: lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.

Studies verify that astaxanthin protects the eyes against damage and daily wear-and-tear[1], decreases eye

17 CoQ10 Benefits You Can Enjoy Yourself

17 CoQ10 Benefits You Can Enjoy Yourself

The drug companies don’t want you to know about this nutrient! CoQ10 benefits include treatment for a variety of conditions: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, Parkinson’s, and more. Plus, CoQ10 benefits healthy individuals who are looking to boost their exercise performance. Can CoQ10 benefit you?

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Most Common Health Problems in Elderly People

Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.

Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

Newsbriefs: Protein; Med Diet; Diabetes

Too Much Protein May Impact Insulin Sensitivity.
If you’re trying to lose weight, eating too much protein may reduce your insulin sensitivity, contrary to improving it, a common side effect of weight loss. In one study, women who ate less protein than the other group had a 25 to 30 percent

Ask the Experts: Diverticulitis; Eye Vitamins; Tea Shortage

Q: I’ve read in your newsletter about the benefits of nuts and “seeded” fruits such as blueberries, but I have diverticulitis. Do I need to avoid these healthy foods because of their effects on diverticulitis?

A: Katelyn Castro, a dietetic intern at Tufts’ Frances Stern Nutrition Center, and Joel Mason, MD,

Eat More Like a Mediterranean to Protect Your Eyes

Consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, already linked to benefits for your heart and brain, might also help protect against the leading cause of blindness in older Americans. A recent study reports that at-risk patients whose diets scored highest on a Mediterranean-diet index were 26% less likely to progress to advanced age-related

Fish-Oil Supplements Fail to Prevent Mental Decline

As a regular reader of this newsletter, you know to pay attention when a five-year clinical trial with more than 3,000 participants reports no benefits from omega-3 supplements against cognitive decline. Such a study—one of the largest and longest of its kind—would seem to slam the door on hopes for

5. Nutrients in Supplement Form

Multivitamins and Your Brain
For many Americans, taking a multivitamin as “insurance” against nutritional shortfalls is a daily habit. Americans have been taking multivitamin/mineral supplements since the early 1940s, and an estimated one-third of all U.S. consumers take these regularly. Multivitamins account for almost one-sixth of all purchases of dietary supplements

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