12/21/2009 - Questions and Answers

Lutein for AMD?

By: Mark Castleden

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My ophthalmologist has recommended Ocuvite to help prevent advancing AMD. Why wasn't any mention made of lutein as being helpful?

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My ophthalmologist has recommended Ocuvite to help prevent advancing AMD. Why wasn't any mention made of lutein as being helpful?

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It seems you already have AMD. Ocuvite helps slow down the progress of the disease, whereas lutein is reported to decrease the risk of developing AMD. However, the green leafy vegetables mentioned below are still important in your diet, plus carrots, citrus fruits, oils and wholemeal cereals, as these foods also provide the necessary vitamins.

We would advise you to be guided by your ophthalmologist, who knows you, your medical history and present condition.

Ocuvite contains more than 100% of the U.S. Daily Values for vitamins A, C and E , which helps preserve eye health - and may help prevent AMD progressing.

Lutein is one of 600 naturally occurring fat-soluble antioxidant carotenoid biochemicals that are found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, leeks and peas. The central area of the retina in humans and primates is called the macula and contains lutein as the primary carotenoid. Lutein acts to filter and shield harmful blue light from the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 65. One study has indicated that adults with the highest dietary intake of lutein had a 57% decreased risk of macular degeneration compared to those with the lowest intake.

It should also be remembered that AMD appears to be accelerated by cigarette smoking, so it's important to stop smoking if you have been a smoker.

Links

  • American Macular Degeneration Foundation
  • Medlineplus: Macular Degeneration
Created on: 06/15/2003
Reviewed on: 12/21/2009

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