Vitamins Supplements May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration

16 Mar

The Washington Post on March 16 reported that, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, people in the US “spent an estimated $10 billion on” vitamin and mineral supplements in 2008.

This is despite the fact that “recent studies undertaken to assess their benefits have delivered a flurry of disappointing results.The supplements failed to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart attacks, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and premature death.” These studies have caused many to question the benefit of supplements.

However, in the case of eye disease, “people who have at least moderate age-related mascular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness, may be able to limit further damage by taking a daily supplement that contains vitamins C, E and beta carotene.”

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are likely to be even more important in slowing the progression (or even preventing the development) of AMD.”, according to John Henahan, OD, FAAO optometrist at Spectrum Eyecare in Peachtree City.  Getting enough lutein in your diet, through dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale, collard greens or cooked spinach is ideal, but for most of us that just isn’t going to happen regularly.  That is where a high quality lutein/zeaxanthin supplement can come in handy.  Dr. Henahan recommends a 20mg per day dose of lutein.  “Lutein supplements are widely available in stores”, according to Dr. Henahan.  “Just be sure that you choose the naturally occurring FloraGlo version which is derived from marigold flowers.”, he continues.

If you or a family member are at risk for AMD, contact Spectrum Eyecare and Dr. Henahan in Peachtree City for a complete eye examination.  We will take the time to thoroughly examine your eyes and discuss the best ways to ensure a lifetime of healthy vision!

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