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One of my parents has macular degeneration. Should I be taking vitamins to prevent it?

If you don’t have macular degeneration the true data says you don’t need to be taking vitamins. The AREDS study proved that if you already have developed macular degeneration you may benefit from a formulation of neutriceuticals that’s high in zinc. Now, family history … the longer we live our macula undergoes changes which result in blurred central vision.

There are some factors to monitor to reduce that risk.

  1. Stop smoking. If you don’t smoke, don’t start.
  2. Keep your blood pressure, particular your lipids, in a good range. The macula is supplied by a hugely active hemodynamic area. It’s especially prone to blood pressure or arthloscerotic diseases affecting it.
  3. Wear sunglasses. UV cumulative light seems to break down the macula tissue.

Blue eyes can increase your risk of macular degeneration. African-Americans, Latinos and darker pigmentations are at lesser risk of developing it. There seems to be some evidence, this is only hypothetical and anecdotal, that higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids may turn off a gene that causes the macula to be susceptible. Higher levels of antioxidants despite not being proven to be helpful may over a longer period of time prevent some macular degeneration.

So dietary oily fish, 2-3 servings, and green leafy veggies like mom always told you to eat – broccoli, spinach, greens – are the best things to pursue. There’s no truth that carrots make your eyes or vision better or prevent macular degeneration.


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