Eye/Vision HealthTo date, medical treatment options for age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) are few. However, clinical nutrition studies since the late 1980s are continuing to mount, signifying a pivotal role for using certain nutrients to not only stave off the progression of AMRD but also improve visual outcome and macular pigment optical density (MPOD).
Population-based and case-control studies suggest a protective role of zinc and antioxidants, ingested either as part of one's diet or as a supplement. These studies are supported by the AREDS (age-related eye disease study) trial, which demonstrated a 25% reduction in the development of advanced ARMD in the group taking combined doses of zinc, antioxidants and copper over a six-year period.
The Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial (LAST) and the oral zinc trial also reported a positive effect of nutritional supplementation on ARMD. There is also increasing circumstantial evidence for the beneficial effects from the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which weren't included in the AREDS supplement.
Higher concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin result in a thicker MPOD which is associated with lower rates of ARMD. MPOD can also be increased with dietary supplements containing higher dosages of lutein as well as bilberry extract.
Earlier studies suggest that approximately 6mg of lutein are necessary to decrease the risk of ARMD, yet, the Veterans LAST study showed visual function improvement and thicker MPOD in patients with severe ARMD using 10 mg of lutein along with a broad spectrum formula of antioxidants and other supporting vitamins and minerals. In contrast with the AREDS trial, which used isolated beta carotene as its only carotenoid, the LAST study used mixed carotenoids, which may explain improvements in the visual outcome when compared to the AREDS study.
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Allergy Desensitization 0.5 oz | Natural Ophthalmics - According to homeopathic principles these drops are indicated for itching, burning, watering and edema associated with ocular allergy*(hide)
Bilberry 160 mg 120 vcaps | Pure Encapsulations - Bilberry offers a safe and natural way to enhance the strength and function of the visual and vascular systems*(hide)
Cataract Eye Drops with Cineraria 0.5 oz | Natural Ophthalmics - Cineraria maritima has successfully been used homeopathically for over one hundred years to safely and effectively treat cataract*. It is a treatment of choice in Europe*
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Cataract with Cineraria Pellets 1 oz | Natural Ophthalmics - Cineraria maritima has successfully been used homeopathically for over one hundred years to safely and effectively treat cataract*. It is a treatment of choice in Europe*(hide)
Consultation with Dr. Forrest - Dr. Forrest, MA, MH, DC, is a licensed chiropractor in California. His is available for in-office visits and informational/educational phone/Skype consultations and Zyto and EVOX Biometric Body Scans. You are welcome to draw on his over 28 years of clinical experience.*(hide)
Eye Moisture Support 60 softgels | Douglas Laboratories - unique dietary product for the healthy production of tears and moisture in the eyes.*(hide)
Eye Pressure Support 30 vcaps | Life Extension Foundation - may support healthy blood flow within the tiny vessels (microvasculature) of your eyes, helping to promote healthy fluid pressure inside the ocular chamber*(hide)
EyeProtect Basics (without zinc) 60 caps | Pure Encapsulations - This formula Provides clinically researched levels of key nutrients in highly bioavailable forms for support of retinal and macular health*(hide)
Floater Pellets 1 oz | Natural Ophthalmics - This healthy formula stimulates the body's natural ability to alleviate floaters*(hide)
I Comp Eye Formula | Priority One - Is an advanced vitamin and antioxidant supplement for the eyes. It contains a full spectrum of the nutrients considered imperative to proper eye maintenance and function.*(hide)
Lycocell 60 softgels | Quality of Life Labs - Patented Lycopene complex. Supports prostate cellular health* Supports healthy heart eyes and skin.*(hide)
Macu-Support 90 vegcaps | Douglas Laboratories - has a well-balanced spectrum of nutrients that are important in maintaining normal retina and macula function in the eyes*(hide)
Macula Complete/Eye and Body Complete 180 caps | BioSyntrx - Macula Complete is our premium broad-spectrum supplement of vitamins, minerals and antioxidant phytochemicals designed to support optimal body and retinal function.*(hide)
Macular Support Formula | Pure Encapsulations - is a combination of potent antioxidants and botanicals designed to protect and support the macula, the central area of the retina responsible for sharp vision*(hide)
Ocubright 60 vcaps | D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition - Advanced nutritional support for the eyes with Lutein and Bilberry by Dr. D'Adamo*(hide)
OcuForce 60 vcaps | Designs for Health - is a unique blend of eye nourishing nutrients in a scientifically based formula which protects the eyes against exposure to light-generated free radicals.(hide)
- Neo 40 helps improve circulation and the cardiovascular system
- NEO 40 raises Nitric Oxide
- ED is caused by low Nitric Oxide
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