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Does lutein convert to vitamin a in the body?

Does lutein convert to vitamin a in the body?

No: Lutein (which you can only get into your system through your diet) is a carotenoid, but unlike beta carotene, does not convert to vitamin a in the body. Zeaxanthin and lutein are the only carotenoids known to concentrate specifically in the eye. They are believed to help filter damaging light and prevent free radical damage to the delicate structures in the back of the eye. ...Read more

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A condition that causes damage to your eye's optic nerve and gets worse over time. It's often linked to a buildup of pressure inside your eye. Without treatment, glaucoma can cause total permanent blindness ...Read more


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Are vitamins containing lutein any good?

Are vitamins containing lutein any good?

Lutein: Yes. A number of studies have found that lutein and zeaxanthin either help prevent age-related macular degeneration or may slow progression of the disease. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take vitamin A, Lutein and Ginkgo Biloba at once?

Is it ok to take vitamin A, Lutein and Ginkgo Biloba at once?

Supplements: Yes, these are safe to take together. Just be careful of the amount of Vit A as it not water soluble and can build up over time. ...Read more

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Is vitamin B2 good for glaucoma?

Is vitamin B2 good for glaucoma?

Not particularly but: Many vitamins and herbs are helpful for glaucoma, esp. A, c, e & b12. B2 is especially good for cataracts and may help glaucoma as part of a b complex, but is not particularly known for glaucoma. Of interest, this article www. Selfgrowth. Com/articles/glaucoma-natural-medicine-factors mentions each of the b vitamins except b2! also see http://www. Healthy. Net/health/article/glaucoma/2930. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma and I was wondering is there some type of vitamin, supplement, food, or anything else that will help with my glaucoma? Thanks

I have glaucoma and I was wondering is there some type of vitamin, supplement, food, or anything else that will help with my glaucoma? Thanks

Ongoing medical care: Marial, you mostly need to see a specialist regularly to get your pressures checked and get on medication to keep them down. Nothing "natural" is going to cure this disease, which can blind you, and simple surgery might be necessary. It won't hurt to keep your salt consumption low and to take astaxanthin or zeaxanthin to protect against other eye disease of age, but they won't help glaucoma. ...Read more

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I have glaucoma and I was wondering is there some type of vitamin, supplement, food, or anything else that will help with my glaucoma? Thanks

I have glaucoma and I was wondering is there some type of vitamin, supplement, food, or anything else that will help with my glaucoma? Thanks

Check w/your eye doc: Sorry but unfortunately, there are no specific vitamins & foods to help w/glaucoma. Definitely no dietary supplements which are not required to prove safety or effectiveness before being marketed - so stay away from those miraculous promises. Best to stay in close communication w/your Ophthalmologist & Optometrist & take meds as directed. Check http://goo. Gl/o7vpud & http://goo. Gl/OT9uUy for info. ...Read more

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88 yr old Mom sleeps a lot, HR low, 45-50. Is treated w Aricept, glaucoma, hearing, & low Vitamin D, but is active and mobile. HR cause for concern?

88 yr old Mom sleeps a lot, HR low, 45-50. Is treated w Aricept, glaucoma, hearing, & low Vitamin D, but is active and mobile. HR cause for concern?

Pacemaker???: Hi. That's a very low heart rate, and may be associated with passing out & falling, which could be disastrous. If indicated, ask her doctor if she needs to be evaluated by a cardiologist for a pacemaker. Good luck to her! ...Read more

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Can lutein interfere with birth control?

Can lutein interfere with birth control?

Not well documented.: I am not aware of any good scientific evidence that proves that lutein interferes with birth control. Moderation, as with most things, is wise until more information becomes available. Consider limiting your daily dose to 6 mg per day unless advised otherwise by your personal physician. ...Read more

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How can lutein help the the eyes are there any side effects?

How can lutein help the the eyes are there any side effects?

Lutein: Is an essential micronutrient (vitamin) for the retina. It is found in dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, kale and mustard greens and in egg yolks. There is some evidence that lutein may be helpful in prevention of macular degeneration. So be like popeye and eat your spinach. ...Read more

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Tell me about theca lutein cysts and their relation to breastfeeding?

Tell me about theca lutein cysts and their relation to breastfeeding?

Theca Lutein Cysts: Theca lutein cysts are a type of functional ovarian cysts. They often occur in multiple and bilaterally. They are thought to be due to excess circulating gonadotropins such as b-HCG. These cysts are associated with delayed or failed breast milk production. Contact your lactation consultant for additional information. ...Read more

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I am facing computer everyday during working. Will lutein help to protect my eyes?

I am facing computer everyday during working. Will lutein help to protect my eyes?

Not really: Although lutein has been shown to be helpful with patients who have certain eye conditions such as macular degeneration, there has been no conclusive benefit shown for healthy people who use lutein. Consult your eye doctor to way the benefits with the cost. ...Read more

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My vision is blurry. I bought lutein 20mg from healthy options. Is that ok to take everyday or too much mg? 29yo blurry vision

My vision is blurry. I bought lutein 20mg from healthy options. Is that ok to take everyday or too much mg? 29yo blurry vision

Lutein: Every person should be taking the antioxidant, Lutein. It is the #1 antioxidant to decrease the chance of losing your vision from macular degeneration which causes blindness without enough Lutein everyday.

Tell everybody you know to take it.

My lasers and monthly injections INTO the eye are often too little, too late once macular degeneration starts.....In your 20's....Take it ...Read more

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Want to know what benefits do super lutein have for our health?

Want to know what benefits do super lutein have for our health?

Lutein is an: Important carotenoid that has been discovered to play an important role in retinal function, specifically in the macula which is important for your primary vision. Recent studies found that lutein may decrease the risk of progression in age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Systemically, natural lutein intake (not supplements) has been positively linked to colon and breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are lutein supplements for?

What are lutein supplements for?

See below: Certain supplements have been shown to help patients with the moderate to severe forms of macular degeneration (vitamin c, vitamin, e, zinc, beta carotene) in the age-related eye disease study (areds). The results of areds2 will be out next year and will answer if lutein, zeaxanthine, and omega-3 fatty acids (dha, epa) help this disease also. ...Read more

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What must I know before using lutein supplements?

What must I know before using lutein supplements?

A few things: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lom. ...Read more

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What are the warnings for using lutein supplements?

None: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lom. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lutein supplements?

None known: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lomb. ...Read more

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I have a family history of amd. I'm barely 30, but should I start on lutein supplements?

I have a family history of amd. I'm barely 30, but should I start on lutein supplements?

Maybe: The areds and areds 2 studies confirmed that certain eye supplements, including lutein, can help reduce the risk of visual loss in patients with macular degeneration. Many believe (as I do) that taking these supplements can also reduce the risk of developing amd, but the studies on this are less clear. There are also genetic tests that can be done to determine your risk class for develping amd ...Read more

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