Since the groundbreaking Age Related Eye Disease study was published early last decade, a lot of secondary research including a sequel to the original study has been undertaken. The goal has been to find which dietary supplements can help fight against age related macular degeneration- a leading cause of blindness for those over fifty. And while the goal of the studies has been to find an effective formula, some of the ingredients used have been shown to be unsafe for some people. Problems with kidneys, liver, blood thinning, some cancers, and digestive issues can all be negative side effects. Some of the nutrients published can even make macular degeneration worse if you have a family history of certain types of AMD.
A particularly safe way to supplement the diet to fend off or treat macular degeneration is to take carotenoid supplements. These antioxidants were chosen for the second round of the AREDS study for their unblemished safety profile. Their effectiveness has been proven in multiple studies. A few milligrams (about 20 total per day) of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin taken by mouth with food daily accumulates in eye through natural processes and work to fight oxidative stress in the tissues where it matters most. These nutrients can be found in most diets but it is very difficult if not impossible to acquire therapeutic amounts through diet alone. If you have a family history of AMD or are showing the early signs, it would be difficult to find a better and safer way to try to stack the odds in your favor than to take a daily carotenoid supplement. Prairie Vision Center features and sells MacuHealth with LMZ3- a ratio of carotenoids that is found in human macular tissue.
The people from MacuHealth talk about macular pigment and its role in macular degeneration:
MacuHealth with LMZ3 has been specially formulated to promote a healthy macular pigment and support your eyesight throughout your life.
A Healthy Diet is essential to maintain a healthy macula. Macular pigment is made up of three (3) dietary nutrients – Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin. It is no accident that nature gives us the ability to selectively accumulate these three dietary carotenoids at the very center of the retina, where vision is sharpest and where color is processed. Unfortunately, today’s processed foods lack the nutrients required to maximize macular pigment, and it is believed that supplementation is the best way to protect your macula.
Replenishing Macular Pigment helps protect the macula (central retina) from disease and optimizes visual performance.
Restores Macular Pigment – Exposure to high energy blue light increases oxidative stress on the retina and consequential damage, which over time can lead to Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). MacuHealth helps nature restore macular pigment to optimum levels and may protect against AMD because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Meso-Zeaxanthin.
Improves Visual Performance – Visible blue light has a negative effect on the quality of the optical image formed at the retina. Because shorter blue light wavelengths are scattered more than other wavelengths, thereby resulting in Glare, Chromatic Aberration, and Light Scatter. These conditions contribute to loss of visual acuity. Macular pigment selectively filters out damaging and image-degrading visible blue light.
MacuHealth with LMZ3 is the only dietary supplement containing all three (3) critical carotenoids – Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin in the same 10:10:2 ratio that make up the macular pigment. Taken once a day, this small, easy-to-swallow softgel has been clinically proven to restore macular pigments to normal levels for enhanced vision and aids in the prevention of age-related macular degeneration and can slow its progression.