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Eye Vitamins - 06/11/19

Since the ARED(Age Related Eye Disease Study) 2 study, conducted over the years 2006 to 2008 across 82 clinical sites in America, on over 4000 participants, the data has not changed much.  Some non-smokers with early to mid-stage Macular Degeneration drusen have benefitted from taking certain vitamins on a daily basis. Those vitamins/minerals include: Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Zinc, Copper, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. They are formulated as special “eye vitamins” under market names: Ocuvite, Icaps, PreserVision and AREDS2 Formula.  If you are presently taking a daily multivitamin, check to see if the list above is in included in your daily dose before adding another supplement.
Although, it would make things so much easier, nutritional supplements alone are not enough to prevent or delay Macular Degeneration. Your diet plays a role as well as not smoking. Let’s investigate what foods may contain some of the minerals listed above that may not be as familiar to some. There will be food ideas tolerable for all, promise.

Zinc: shell fish, meat, legumes, avocados, blueberries, cantaloupe, apricots
Copper:  oysters, liver, leafy greens, mushrooms, dark chocolate
Lutein/Zeaxanthin:  kale, spinach, corn, broccoli, kiwi, grapes

Remember for some, nutritional supplements in the form of vitamins cannot be tolerated. Be sure to check in with your primary care doctor about diet and present medications/vitamins.
As we grow up, live active, longer lives, any tips to keep our body parts healthy and at top performance helps to enrich our lives. Carpe diem.

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