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Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness for the over-65's in the US. A large study by the Eye Disease Case-Control Study Group has found that a high intake of carotenoids (found most abundantly in yellow vegetables such as carrots and squash) lowers the risk of developing macular degeneration. In a separate study on 552 Dutch men, it has been found that the consumption of large quantities of black tea (more than 4.7 cups a day), and other foods containing flavonoids (fruit and vegetables), could help to reduce the risk of strokes. Previous studies have linked flavonoids to protection against heart attacks. Flavonoids are also found in red wine and green tea, both of which seem to offer protection against heart disease. Finally a new study suggests that a substance in watercress may lower the risk of lung cancer in smokers. The study - presented at a seminar held by the American Cancer Society - found evidence that the substance blocks a chemical pathway from tobacco smoke to lung cancer.