How AREDS 2 Can Help Fight Age-Related Blindness And Macular Degeneration
Our eyes are probably the first things that come to mind when we think about aging. Age-related macular degeneration, or otherwise known as AMD, is caused by the breakdown of cells that are in the retina. Being able to see people’s faces, read a book, or drive a car are all activities that can be impaired by the tissue breakdown in the retina. This degenerative disease is the top cause of blindness in the U.S.A.
AREDS 2 SupplementThere are 6 vital vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids in the AREDS 2 supplement which include vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Each contributes to delaying the progression of age-related macular degeneration1. Vitamin C is prominent in foods such as citrus fruits, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and spinach. This powerful vitamin is known to help fight colds and cardiovascular disease, but it also helps to slow the progression of AMD, when used with other vitamins and minerals in large doses2. Vitamin E has also been shown to help with delaying AMD in combination with other vitamins and minerals. Found in some foods and typically as a supplement, vitamin E is a powerhouse of antioxidants which are necessary to help protect against free radicals in the body3. Zinc and copper are two trace minerals that are found in foods like nuts and legumes. Studies have shown that consuming a zinc and copper supplement can delay the progression of degeneration4. A deficiency of these trace minerals in your diet can lead to the progression of AMD5. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that compose the AREDS 2 supplement. These two pigments can be found in eggs, tomatoes, pumpkins, peas, and zucchinis. Studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin are hardy candidates in slowing the progression of AMD. NATURELO's AREDS 2 Eye Health Vitamins contain each of these six vital components to help fight against age-related degeneration of the eyes.
References: 1. NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease, 05/05/13 2. Vitamin C 3. Vitamin E 4. Zinc and Copper Intakes and Their Major Food Sources for Older Adults in the 1994–96 Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII), 01 November 2000 5. Iron, zinc, and copper in retinal physiology and disease., 2013 Nov-Dec;58(6):585-609. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2012.12.002