Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)
Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in
Americans over age 60. Fortunately, researchers have identified the
nutrients that can help guard against this serious eye disease.
In 2001, the National Eye
Institute completed a large ten-year
studyŚ the Age-Related Eye Disease Study
(AREDS). AREDS showed that people at high risk of developing advanced stages of
AMD lowered their risk by about 25% when treated with certain antioxidant
vitamins and minerals.
What are the daily
doses of the Vitamins and Minerals Recommended by AREDS?
(beta-carotene 15 mg): 25,000 IU
Vitamin C: 500 mg
Vitamin E: 400 IU
Zinc (zinc oxide): 80 mg
Copper (cupric oxide): 2mg
I'm already taking
vitamins. Why do I need to take Viteyes® AREDS Formula?
National Institute's study proved that only a specific formula effectively
delayed the progression of age-related macular degeneration. Most likely your multivitamin
supplement doesn't provide all the recommended vitamins and minerals at proper
doses. To find out whether it contains the specific eye-protective formula,
compare the ingredients and doses of your supplement with those recommended by
What is lutein?
Lutein is a potent antioxidant carotenoid, found in
abundance in fruits and green leafy vegetables. Lutein is also one of the
dominant pigments found in the macular region of the healthy retina. Because of
this, many eye doctors recommend Lutein to their patients with age-related macular
Why wasn't lutein
included in the original AREDS study?
Lutein was not available when AREDS was
started but is included in the follow up AREDS 2 study.
What are the
potential side effects of the AREDS vitamins and minerals?
AREDS participants reported few side effects from the treatments. About 7.5
percent of participants assigned to the zinc treatments -- compared with 5.0
percent who did not have zinc in their assigned treatment -- had urinary tract
problems. Yellowing of the skin, a well-known side effect of large doses of
beta-carotene, was reported slightly more often by participants taking
Do the AREDS
vitamins also lower the risk of developing cataracts?
evidence that these nutrients did not lower the risk of cataract development
over the seven-year period of the study, an effect over a longer period of time
cannot be ruled out.
What is the AREDS 2 study?
The AREDS 2 study is a follow up study to the original AREDS study. This 5 year study was completed in 2013. To learn more about the AREDS 2 study, click here.
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