recent column on nutrient formulas for eye health got some
good feedback from you. Here are some excerpts that may help
us see a little more clearly:
agree with the bulk of your article regarding nutrition and
eye health, I disagree that an AREDS or AREDS2 supplement
(nutrient formulas tested in the Age-Related Eye Disease Study
and its followup) is indicated for the prevention of
age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
evidence demonstrating the value of AREDS supplementation is
for people who already have intermediate stage AMD in either
eye (to reduce the risk of developing late stage disease) or
those who have late stage AMD in one eye only ó to reduce
the risk of developing late stage disease in the other eye.
original AREDS study was unable to show any benefit of
supplementation as a preventative in people with no AMD or
just the very earliest signs of AMD. In other words, AREDS
supplementation can be useful to help slow down existing
disease but there is no evidence that it can prevent it.
people with no AMD or just the earliest signs, the
recommendation should be to eat an eye-friendly diet which
includes fish two to three times a week and lots of fruit and
vegetables, including leafy greens. Quitting smoking, engaging
in regular exercise, keeping weight down and wearing a broad
brimmed hat and sunglasses when outside is also recommended.
this is of some help.
Cummins, Director Research and Policy
Disease Foundation Australia
for this clarification, Rob. And itís another reminder to
listen to the recommendations of our own eye docs.
always enjoy your column. We had backed off on Vitamin E based
on information circulated a couple of years ago. I assume you
see no problem in taking 400 IU. Is there a multivitamin
available that has all, or most, of the items listed (in the
AREDS and AREDS2 formulas)?
amd Diana H.
Rich and Diana,
you are referring to a study published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association in 2011. It reported that 400 IUís
of vitamin E daily (the amount used in the AREDS and AREDS2
studies) significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer
in healthy men. Yet this study also found that men who took
selenium (an antioxidant nutrient) along with vitamin E had no
increase in prostate cancer risk.
Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) mentioned in my column,
men who took 400 IUís of vitamin E daily along with other
antioxidant nutrients had no increase in their risk for
prostate cancer, according to an analysis by the National Eye
Institute. Confused? Take your doctorís advice on this one.
you want the nutrition concoction used in the AREDS and AREDS2
studies, look for formulations from reputable companies that
note "AREDS" or "AREDS2" on their labels.