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New natural formula appears to stem AMD progression

September 21, 2009 by  

New natural formula appears to stem AMD progression Given the social impact of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), as well as the interest in natural ways of preventing and treating the condition, scientists have announced they created a new antioxidant supplement that may slow its progress and the associated vision loss.

AMD occurs when blood vessels in the center of the retina break down, leading to a loss of central vision. The National Health Institutes estimates it is a leading cause of vision loss in Americans 60 years of age and older and affects some 10 percent of people between the ages of 66 to 74.

For their clinical study—which aimed to test whether carotenoids, which are antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables, could prevent progression of the disease—the researchers enlisted 400 people with early stage AMD.

In addition to carotenoids, the trial supplement also contained vitamins C, E and zinc.

The results suggested that macular pigment in the retinas of the participants who took the supplement was maintained better, as compared with the control group, and those individuals experienced a slowing down of the progression of the disease.

Thanks to recent research, there is now a range of supplements that can protect eyes from the consequences of AMD. It has been suggested vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid may reverse the process, and omega-3 fatty acids may offer additional protection against blood vessel breakage.
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  • Teresa

    Dear Doctor:

    Your mail is interesting. I believe people’s diets are more important than ever when they get older. I ordered a sample of the Reservol (mispelled) because I saw Hugh Downs near the product. I have not broken the seal on it. I gave my credit card number. Then, within a week or two I was sent a package. The touch of the product that is unopened feels as if it is two containers of Reservol. The price was charged to my credit card because I told the lady at the Customer Service Dept. for my credit card that I had ordered a sample. I might have taken one or two of the tablets (a Dietary Supplement) to find out what it was like.However, I just do not know what or who I am dealing with, therefore I have intentionally put it away somewhere. I believe I read on the advertisement that it was suppose to contain an ingredient in red wine. No, I did not believe it was going to keep me younger, but I just wanted to look at the product and see what it looked like because the sample looked okay.

  • http://none Judy Fleming

    I was impelled to add that most supplements now are 80% synthetic and changed by the interference of the FDA from the new laws that govern the control.Which they obtained during the Bush administration knowing they were loosing more money due to supplements. Which work better in most cases. A law that should be inverted. If we could get them through legislation.They do have reputable companies but you must be aware of the flawed sources.

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