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What are lutein supplements for?

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Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Ophthalmology - Retinal Surgery
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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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
Dr. Richard Scartozzi
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Macular support

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.

In brief: Macular support

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.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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