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Small study finds eating goji berries may prevent AMD

Healthy middle-aged adults who regularly ate goji berries increased their macular pigment optical density

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Researchers from California in the US have highlighted the potential health benefits of goji berries within a new study published in Nutrients.

The scientists highlighted that healthy middle-aged adults who regularly consumed the fruit experienced increases in their macular pigment optical density (MPOD) which can prevent or delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The study involved 27 participants between the ages of 45 and 65 who ate either 28 grams of goji berries or a supplement containing lutein and zeaxanthin five times a week for 90 days.

The researchers found that MPOD increased significantly in the goji berry group while no changes were noticed in the supplement group.

“Regular intake of goji berries in a healthy middle-aged population increases MPOD and may help prevent or delay the development of AMD,” the authors highlighted.

“Further research on goji berries is warranted as both a dietary strategy to reduce the risk of AMD and to serve as part of an integrative approach to mitigate the consequences of this disorder,” they added.