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The Nutrition InvestigatorThe health and nutrition blog by Dr. Roc Ordman.

AREDS vitamin supplement

by Roc (click here for full post)

If you are an older adult (age 30+) or have a history of macular degeneration in your family, this supplement is worth discussing with your doctor. I take one daily, as it is safe and has great likely benefits, plus providing my morning dose of vitamin C, and giving enough vitamin E to make vaccinations effective, and enough zinc to reduce the risk of colds.

What the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies Mean for You

Researchers with the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) reported in 2001 that a nutritional supplement called the AREDS formulation can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The original AREDS formulation contains vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper. In 2006, the same research group, which is based at NIH’s National Eye Institute, began a second study called AREDS2 to determine if they could improve the AREDS formulation.

The ingredients based on AREDS and AREDS2 research are:

500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
400 international units of vitamin E
80 mg zinc as zinc oxide
2 mg copper as cupric oxide
10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin

Here is the NIH details with longer explanations.


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