Yesterday I told you about breakthrough research on vision vitamins that could help you fight off brain aging and dementia. (If you missed it, you can click here to catch up.)
Today I’d like to talk about fighting back against one of the leading causes of vision loss using some of those same nutrients.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) robs millions of American seniors of their eyesight every year. And if you’ve ever watched a loved one battle AMD, you know just how heartbreaking it is.
When my grandmother starting losing her sight to AMD, I watched her struggle as she lost her independence. Her favorite hobbies, knitting and reading, soon became impossible. Eventually she couldn’t even see the faces of her loved ones.
But you and your loved ones don’t have to face the same fate.
New research has revealed that powerful supplements you can find online, or in your local health food store, could shield you against AMD.
There’s even hope for folks already struggling with the disease, as the supplements could help slow further vision loss down to a crawl.
Eye-friendly supplements help halt vision loss
And it won’t even cost you an arm and a leg. Because instead of exotic ingredients, or patented drugs, these blends contain essential antioxidant vitamins and nutrients you’ll recognize, without having to drag out a medical dictionary.
These vision-friendly supplements help support crystal clear vision anytime. But it turns out they really shine when the more advanced form of AMD—“wet” AMD—has you in its clutches.
Often folks with advancing “wet” AMD are subjected to painful injections of a drug designed to slow the disease. The drug can do major damage to your bank account, but that’s not even the worst thing about it.
Experts say the injections can cause inflammation, and potentially even stroke.
But UK scientists say they have discovered another option.
The Age Related Eye Disease study examined two different blends of nutrients.1 And both can offer big benefits, especially for folks in the later stages of the disease.
Saving users a significant amount of money, and helping them to hold on to their precious eyesight longer.
Stop AMD-linked vision loss with nutrients
The first supplement contained those antioxidant essentials I mentioned earlier, along with beta carotene:
- 80 mg of zinc
- 2 mg of copper
- 500 mg vitamin C
- 400 IU of vitamin E
- 15 mg of beta carotene
The second supplement adjusted the amount of zinc to 25 mg, and swapped out the beta carotene for a few other nutrients:
- 2 mg zeaxanthin
- 10 mg lutein
- 1000 mg omega-3 fatty acids
And while the new study was examining how to halt the progress of AMD, we already know that many of those same nutrients can help protect you against vision loss in the first place.
Potent antioxidants fight vision loss
For example, a long term study, published in the journal Ophthalmology, researchers found a diet high in vitamin C led to a 22 percent lower risk of developing cataracts.
If you already have the condition those same high C levels lower your risk for the disease getting worse by 33 percent.
And lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that help protect your eyes from harmful high energy light waves. Experts say these nutrients support better vision, and help ward off age related eye issues.
In fact, a study found the combo could slash cases of AMD by 25 percent.
And omega-3 fatty acid rich fish oil could slash your risk of dry AMD 35 percent and wet AMD 32 percent, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
To reap the same vision saving benefits uncovered in this new study at home look for a quality vision blend containing all of the nutrients tested.
1. “Cost-effectiveness of age-related macular degeneration study supplements in the UK: combined trial and real-world outcomes data,” British Journal of Ophthalmology Published Online First: 23 August 2017. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2017-310939
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
Follow Alice and HealthierTalk on Twitter and Facebook.
Latest posts by Alice Jacob (see all)
- 5 different kinds of coughs and what they mean - December 7, 2017
- Drinking coffee could lower risk of cancer and liver disease - December 5, 2017
- 5 healthy Christmas gifts for under $50 bucks - December 4, 2017