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Lutein Vitamins And Glaucoma
Yes: 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, and is useful in a number of eye problems. For example, you can take it to prevent or slow macular degeneration., may improve vision for cataract sufferers too. ...Read more
Want to take supplement for vision health. Areds2? Have floaters, dry eye & ocular migraine. Take Carlson finest fish oil daily +multi vitamin.
Good diet: If your diet is deficient in green and red veggies, 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zea xanthine is good. The AREDS2 formulation is good for preventing intermediate dry macular degeneration from progressing to the wet form. You don't need it if you don't already have macular degeneration. Omega 3 is good for dry eye and depression. Multivits are worthless if you have a reasonable diet. Best wishes. ...Read more
Not likely: These two components have been suggested as an adjunct to help prevent the progression of older folks macular degeneration. Deficiency of these in young persons has never been identified and the studies for macular degeneration are rather weak. It is unlikely at your age that these will be of benefit. ...Read more
Probably not: Ocuvite is specifically formulated to help slow the progression of macualr degeneration. Most ocuvite versions are combinations of anti-oxident vitamins and high dose zinck. At this time, there is no know benefit of ocuvite to the disease glaucoma. See a glaucoma specialist to see if glaucoma is even a worry for you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you have mega omega supreme and multi vitamines containing cranberry and collagen while on warfarin?
All of them: They work as a team and you cannot pick one by itself. Vitamin a deficiency causes night blindness but must be thought of as a member of a team. I have never prescribed a single vitamin because there is a fundamental balance that is achieved first by a pristine diet------the first rule. ...Read more
Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.
Avoid preformed Vit: Preformed vit a is the most common known source of birth defects. That is the risk to the baby. Also avoid any additional beta carotene. Foods contain a variety of carotenes. Eat normal vegies and fruits..Note that metformin causes low vit b12. B12 can be checked by a blood test or it can be supplied as a supplement which is not a risk to the baby. Do not take preformed vit a except in very small. ...Read more
If i buy vitamin B12 supplements and vitamin E supplements. Will it increase my energy and brain power?
It depends...: If you are deficient in B12 it will improve energy and can improve brain function. If you are not deficient (levels below 500) it won't help. Vit e is useful as a preventive measure but generally does not give energy or brain power. It would be ideal to consult with a holistic doc to assess the reasons you might lack energy or brain power so you can address the specific causes. ...Read more
Maybe: The areds 2 study conducted by the nih/nei recently reported that there was no benefit in slowing amd to taking 840mg of dha with 270 mg of epa over a three year period. However, it was also found that patients who had the highest blood levels of epa/dha also had the lowest risk of developing wet amd. More work is needed in light of the high levels of fish oil that are frequently consumed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a daily multivitamin alone provide the same high levels of antioxidants and zinc as the areds formulation?
Depends: It depends on the multivitamin. Several of them have doses of the areds supplements which are similar or equal to those of the areds study. In addition, the areds 2 study demonstrated that 25mg of zinc (a level not much higher than most multivitamins) was just as effective as 80 mg. Bottom line - read the label to be sure. Also, some of the the areds vitamins are available with a multivitamin. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not much: Very few. Unsaturated plant fats may help increase HDL a little, as will small amounts of alcohol. Vitamin d is made in your skin in response to light exposure. It is found in many foods, such as dairy products, but most are supplemented. Vitamin B12 is in most animal derived products, but is hard to be deficient in unless you have chronic stomach or intestinal problems or prior GI surgery. ...Read more
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