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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.areds

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?
Vitamin A (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?
The 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 the study.

What is lutein? marigold
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 degeneration.

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?
The 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 antioxidants.

Do the AREDS vitamins also lower the risk of developing cataracts?
Despite the 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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