Vitamin E Supplement Fights Eye Disease; Green Vegetable Diet 'Difficult
York NY, 16 May 2002
high levels of nutrients needed to combat age-related macular degeneration
"are very difficult to achieve from diet alone," but a formulation
containing Vitamin E can lower the risk of vision loss, a New
York Times special supplement reports.
new study on macular degeneration found that taking a supplement
containing antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin C, with beta carotene
and small amounts of zinc and copper, can "significantly reduce
the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated
vision loss," the article reported.
Frederick Ferris, director of clinical research at the National
Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, was chairman
of the study and said: "Previous studies have suggested that people
who consume a diet rich in green, leafy vegetables have a lower
risk of developing AMD. However, the high levels of nutrients that
were evaluated in the study are very difficult to achieve from diet
Ferris said that although two-thirds of the study participants took
a daily multivitamin in addition to their assigned treatment of
vitamins and minerals, the study found that those at high risk of
developing advanced AMD could lower that risk by taking the formulation
of vitamins and minerals, including 400 international units (IU)
of Vitamin E daily.
treatment for age-related macular degeneration is limited, and researchers
believe the new study shows promise to "delay progression in those
at high risk."
degeneration cases are expected to double by the year 2020, health
authorities say, as the generation of "baby boomers" -- persons
born between 1946 and 1964 -- ages. The eye disorder is believed
to affect almost 30 percent of people over age 75.
for the Future, via PR Newswire.