Nutrition plays an important role in the treatment of Macular Degeneration (AMD). The eye is a sensory organ that has to perform a lot through the visual process. In the course of life, some parts of the eye become tired. During some metabolic processes, highly active harmful substances called free radicals are produced in the eye due to exposure to light and oxygen.

If the eye is diseased, they play an important role. The eye is then under so-called oxidative stress. Actually, the eye has developed a completely natural mechanism against these processes in that micronutrients intercept the free radicals and make them harmless. So-called antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, E and antioxidant enzymes are particularly effective. All these antioxidants are present in high concentrations in the eye.

Change of nutrition in wet and dry Macular Degeneration

During the treatment period, patients are often asked to change their diet. It is advisable to avoid foods that take a long time to leave the body. These foods include all dairy products, all flour products and meat. You should also avoid alcohol during this time. It is also important to eat a diet low in cholesterol – excessive fat should also be avoided.

Does animal protein destroy our health?

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with nuts (Shutterstock)

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with nuts (Shutterstock)

The recommendation to avoid dairy products comes from the fact that cow’s milk protein in particular causes the red blood cells in the blood to start sticking together. In the large blood vessels, this is not problematic at first. If you know that the diameter of a red blood cell is smaller than the diameter of a hair vessel, then you can quickly realise that sticking several blood cells together leads to a massive disturbance of the blood flow.

The expert speaks here of deficient blood circulation, as the body tries to solve the problem. In the first step, the body tries to somehow pump the viscously flowing blood through the organism by increasing the blood pressure.

Diet and antihypertensives for Macular Degeneration (AMD)

However, many patients are prescribed antihypertensives in this condition, which bring the blood pressure value into the normal range, but cause the body to look for another solution to deal with the poor blood consistency. The consequences of this are eventually deficiencies due to bleeding – for example, the hands and feet are no longer supplied with blood as well because they are not considered vital to the organism.

In the eye, however, which is the organ with the highest blood flow in the body, the lack of blood flow means that too few nutrients are transported to the eye and metabolic waste products can no longer be properly removed. Some of them are deposited in the surrounding tissue – this is the development of Macular Degeneration (AMD).

Nutrition plays an essential role in Macular Degeneration (AMD) (Shutterstock)

Nutrition plays an essential role in Macular Degeneration (AMD) (Shutterstock)

Cow’s milk in the diet for Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Many patients argue that drinking cow’s milk is important after all, because milk is an important source of calcium. This is not correct. While it is indeed the case that cow’s milk contains calcium, it also contains phosphate. Both chemical substances combine with each other and cannot be split by the human body. This means that when cow’s milk protein is ingested, the body receives the information that calcium is present, but at the same time it is unable to release the calcium.

Unfortunately, now that the information that calcium is present has arrived, the body begins to look for the calcium. Since it cannot identify it in the food, this leads to the calcium that is naturally stored in the bones being pulled out by the body. It is now known that the increased consumption of cow’s milk protein is the main cause of osteoporosis. This disease is virtually absent in Japan, for example, or in various African countries where there are no cow’s milk products.

Gluten acts like an adhesive

The substance gluten, which is found in all flour products (wheat, rye, ding, barley, oats), has a similar effect on the blood as cow’s milk protein. Gluten acts like a glue and causes the same problems because the red blood cells can no longer separate well.

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with salmon (Shutterstock)

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with salmon (Shutterstock)

Many ophthalmologists are aware of this problem with the blood, but believe that prescribing aspirin (ASA) would be sufficient to ensure that the blood becomes thin. It is important to know that aspirin causes more water to be absorbed into the blood, but does not affect the red blood cell count.

The same applies to the administration of Macumar. So if you want to do something to improve your blood consistency, you would be well advised to avoid dairy products and flour products in your diet.

Reduction of meat and alcohol for Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Furthermore, we recommend abstaining from meat and alcohol. It is important to know that the liver has two essential functions in the body. On the one hand it is responsible for digestion, on the other hand for detoxification. If the liver has a choice between the two functions, digestion is always given priority over detoxification.

Foods such as meat or alcohol, which take a long time to be processed by the body, massively affect the liver’s natural detoxification process. A beef steak occupies the body for 48 hours, a glass of wine comparatively three days. During this time, the liver cannot detoxify. Therefore, we recommend abstaining from these foods during the strict phase of the treatment cure. Fish, on the other hand, is allowed, as fish only needs 2-3 hours to be digested by the body.

Interims of Macular Degeneration (AMD), drinking is just as important as eating

It is best to drink 2 to 3 litres of mineral water or herbal tea daily. For patients with heart failure, the amount to be drunk must be carefully discussed with the therapist. Coffee and tea belong to the so-called dehydrating drinks. If you drink a cup of coffee, the body later loses the amount of fluid from one cup of coffee plus another cup of water. The same applies to black tea. Therefore, you should take a leaf out of the Viennese book, who always order a glass of water with a cup of coffee. Once you have drunk both, the water balance is zero.

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with apricots (Shutterstock)

Nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) with apricots (Shutterstock)

The right nutrition for Macular Degeneration (AMD) in summery

In summary, you may eat all forms of fruit and vegetables, fish, eggs, potatoes and rice. Millet, quinoa, amaranth, green spelt, linseed, sesame and maize are also allowed. As a substitute for bread, you can take rice or maize wafers, cornflakes (because they are made from maize), as well as special types of bread from the health food shop or the organic food shop (chestnut bread, occasionally also Essenerbrot, here not all types are always gluten-free, please ask).

I would especially like to recommend a very tasty and super healthy recipe for macular juice.

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