Nutrients slow progression of age-related macular degeneration

When you’ve got age-related macular degeneration (AMD), it can seem like you’re barrelling down the road to blindness with no help in sight.

Macular degeneration causes damage to a small spot near the centre of your retina, called the macula. Either your macula itself deteriorates (“dry” AMD) or blood vessels grow under it that leak fluid (“wet” AMD).

It’s a progressive disease… and your eye doctor will tell you that there’s currently no cure.

If you’ve got the later-stage “wet” version of macular degeneration, he may try to convince you to let him stick a needle in your eye to stop your blood vessels from running amok.

Unfortunately, those jabs can increase inflammation inside of your eye… and put you at risk for a stroke.

But a new study confirms what we’ve known for a while: You can naturally slow the progression of both wet and dry AMD with a combination of eye-protecting nutrients.

In the new study out of the UK, researchers analyzed the data of over 90,000 people with AMD who were given either no treatment OR one of two nutrient blends:

1. high doses of vitamins C and E, beta carotene, zinc, and copper, or
2. the same as #1 but with lutein and zeaxanthin instead of beta carotene.

Not surprisingly, it turned out that both formulas were more effective at slowing early-stage AMD than no treatment at all – especially for those who had the condition in only one eye.

Not only that, but the researchers say that those who get sufficient amounts of these could actually skip as many as eight of those eye injections over the course of their lifetimes – which is a blessing for those of us who don’t want needles anywhere near our eyeballs.

You can find both vitamins C and E as well as zinc in a good daily multivitamin – but you could eat as many carrots as you want to and still not get enough beta carotene to stop the “dry” version of AMD from progressing to the more advanced “wet” version.

You will, however, find beta carotene as well as other carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin in a good eye support formula.

Even if you haven’t developed either form of AMD, these antioxidants can protect your eyes from more common daily struggles – like being temporarily blinded by sun glare during the day or by a pair of high beams coming at you at night.

As I shared with you last year, both lutein and zeaxanthin can combat those visual “whiteouts” and help you recover from the “photostress” much more quickly than you would on your own.

And though the concentration of vitamins and minerals are much higher in supplements than in food, it can only help your chances if you eat more leafy greens, carrots, and other colorful veggies that are rich in these nutrients.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing

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Sources:

Inexpensive Supplement May Save Seniors’ Sight, newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/inexpensive-supplement-senior-sight/2017/08/24/id/809509/

Cost-effectiveness of age-related macular degeneration study supplements in the UK: combined trial and real-world outcomes data, bjo.bmj.com/content/early/2017/08/03/bjophthalmol-2017-310939

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