– EN Fitness & Wellbeing – Whether you scramble, fry or poach your eggs, there’s no denying the protein-rich food source is a diet winner.
And as well as protecting against heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis, thanks to their levels of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and helping people maintain a healthy weight, eggs have now been found to cut the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which is the most common cause of blindness.
AMD mainly affects people in their fifties and sixties, and while it doesn’t cause total blindness, it can make everyday activities like reading and recognising faces difficult, and without treatment, it’s likely to get worse.
Researchers in Australia analysed 3,654 participants aged 49 and over for 15 years. AMD was determined from retinal photographs and egg consumption was assessed using food questionnaires.
The team concluded that participants who consumed two to four eggs a week, compared to those who consumed less than one egg a week, had a 62 per cent reduced risk of incident late-stage AMD after 15 years. And those whose AMD onset was at or before the 10-year follow-up, consumption of two to four and five and six eggs a week was associated with 54 per cent and 65 per cent reduced risk of incident late AMD, respectively.
“Our findings suggest that moderate consumption of eggs significantly reduces the risk of developing incident late-stage AMD over 15 years,” authors wrote.
Results have been published in the journal Clinical Nutrition.