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Protect Your Eyes With Supplements

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a common eye disease among people 50 years and older. The disease slowly gets worse over time and can eventually lead to blindness. People with AMD may notice a blurry or blind spot in the center of their vision that slowly gets worse with age. While there is no cure for AMD, there has been some evidence to suggest that we may be able to reduce the risk of getting AMD and slow the progression of the disease.

AREDS and AREDS2 were studies that looked at combinations of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants known to benefit the eyes to see if they would slow the progression or reduce the risk of developing AMD. The AREDS trial found that 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, 15 mg of beta-carotene, 80 mg of zinc and 2mg of copper were able to reduce the rate of advanced AMD by 25% over a 6 year period.

AREDS2 added lutein plus zeaxanthin and fish oil. The addition of these supplements did not reduce the risk further but suggested that the lutein and zeaxanthin could replace beta-carotene and have the same effects. There is some concern for increased lung cancer risk with use of beta-carotene supplements in smokers and former smokers, making the AREDS2 formulation better suited for more of the population.

CarePro Advance Health carries multivitamins that have similar quantities to the formulations found in the AREDS studies. Advance MN or Nutrient 950 would provide the recommended nutrients. Additionally, there is an eye-specific supplement by Pure Encapsulations called EyeProtect Basics, which contains just the ingredients found in the AREDS studies. We’d be happy to order it for you- just contact CarePro Advance Health!