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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

B Vitamins and Macular Degeneration

Apparently B vitamins are good at fighting macular degeneration in women according to reports about a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. I haven't read the study but B vitamins are likely something most of us could as a supplement. Between a poor Western diet and overused, depleted soil it's likely our B vitamin intake isn't what it should be.

I take a number of supplements from a company called Standard Process and trust that they're top flight. Their products Cataplex B and Cataplex G compose their brand of vitamin B. Their products are made from raw, whole food sources and retain all the little things God put in there that processing often destroys.

We live at a time where studies aren't health-focused but profit-focused. As such the best studies don't get done. There's not much profit motive for researchers to test foods and supplements head-to-head against medications. The vitamin studies that are done generally don't publish the details about the vitamins they use but it's likely their synthetic and fractionated. So when researchers reports "disappointing results" the real story is there isn't a story.

Despite the advances in technology we end up operating like our great grandparents and making health choices based on insticnt and gut feeling because we must. (As a disclaimer I have no vested interest in Standard Process).

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Blogger Michael Edson, MS, L.Ac. said...

As people continue to live longer, the incidence of eye disease such as macular degeneration is on the rise. These types of debilitating eye diseases rob people of vision, and can result in individuals losing their independence.

It is believed that the visual system requires up to 25% of the nutrients we take into our bodies in order to stay healthy. Impaired circulation and/or poor absorption of nutrients can significantly contribute to eye disease. Regular exercise and management of emotional stress are also critical for maintaining health.
Eye conditions/diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and may others can be responsive to specific nutritional supplementation

For example. there is a great deal of peer review research now showing the vision can be preserved through a proper diet and specific nutritional supplementation, and that macular degeneration is a nutritionally responsive eye disease.

The recent B vitamin study showing that those that supplement with B6, B12 and folic acid have a significant lower risk of getting macular degeneration is one of many studies proving macular degeneration to be a nutritionally responsive eye disease.

Essential nutrients include lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids, taurine, gingko biloba, lycopene, vitamin A, E, zinc, copper, selenium for example, that can help both prevent the onset of eye disease such as macular degeneration as well as help preserve vision for those with macular degeneration.

Daily eye exercises also help maintain healthy vision. For a demo of 3 great eye exercises by Dr. Grossman, one of the Country's leading behavioral optometrists, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W10j2fL0hy0

For more information on nutrition and macular degeneration and related research studies, go to Natural Eye Care for Macular Degeneration

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