Macular degeneration vitamins

• Deficiency of vitamin A in animals leads to degeneration of the retina and macula. In people, those who ate diets rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene developed macular degeneration less often than those who ate little. Recommendation: Eat foods rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, and supplement your diet with 25,000 1U (15 mg) of beta-carotene per day.

• Macular degeneration vitaminsIn its role as a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps to protect the retinal tissues from aging. However, one study has shown that excessive supplementation of vitamin C plus excessive exposure to high-energy light (ultraviolet light) in nearsighted people who don't correct their nearsightedness with glasses or contact lenses may accelerate the development of macular degeneration. Recommendation: Because vitamin C is so important to general health as well as eye health, the best course of action is to have your eyes checked to correct nearsightedness with glasses or contact lenses, and to always wear sunglasses that screen out 100% of damaging ultraviolet rays when you are outdoors in the sunlight. Take 500 to 1000 mg vitamin C at least 2 to 4 times daily. Refer also to the listing for this vitamin for more information on its importance to your health.

• Macular degeneration vitamins: Deficiency of the antioxidant vitamin E may increase your risk of developing macular degeneration. Recommendation: Take 600 to 800 IU of vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol succinate each day. Warning: Vitamin E can cause blood pressure elevations in some people. Please refer to the listing for this vitamin in this text and follow the guidelines given there to slowly and safely increase your dose to the recommended level.

• Macular degeneration vitamins: The concentration of zinc in the human retina is higher than in any other organ. Important chemical reactions in the retina require zinc, and without enough of it, these reactions cannot occur. Deficiency of zinc also impairs the ability of your retina to use vitamin A, a vitamin also important to retinal health. A study reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicated that opthalmologists at Louisiana State University Medical School tested the effects of zinc on people suffering from macular degeneration. Half the group was given a 100 mg tablet twice a day; the other half received a placebo.

Macular degeneration vitaminsAfter 12 to 24 months, the zinc group showed significantly less deterioration than the placebo group. Recommendation: Take a chelated zinc supplement, such as zinc aspartate or zinc picolinate, in a dose of 45 to 80 mg per day. Do not supplement at dosages higher than this without the supervision of a health professional. Warning: Supplementation of zinc in its ionic form can create deficiencies of other minerals, such as copper, by competing with them for absorption from the intestine. Chelation of the minerals prevents this competition to get into the body, allowing you to fully absorb each of them. Because the retina also requires copper for good health, it is important that you take the zinc in chelated form.

• Your body must have selenium along with vitamin E to make its natural free radical scavenger, glutathione peroxidase. This potent natural scavenger helps to protect your tissues (in this case, the retina) from the effects of aging. Recommendation: Take 400 micrograms of selenium aspartate daily.

 
 
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