5 Tips to Buy Best Macular Degeneration Eye Vitamins & Supplements
Follow these 5 criteria for the best eye vitamins.
There is much confusion around buying eye vitamin supplements for macular degeneration. The Internet is filled with contradictions and misinformation, so it becomes essential to cut through the fluff and know exactly what you should be looking for when buying macular degeneration eye vitamins.
Here are the recommended buying criteria you should follow.
Buying Criterion #1: Must contain the “Essential 7”:
At the minimum your eye vitamin supplement should contain the 7 items found in the “Essential 7.”
The “Essential 7” includes all the potent items found in the AREDS 2 study to slow the progression of age related macular degeneration and includes vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein, zeaxanthin, and the final nutrient is … lycopene.
Like lutein and zeaxanthin, lycopene is a carotenoid and protects the macula from sun damage.
Lycopene is found in tomatoes. It is a carotenoid with powerful antioxidant properties.
It is found in tomatoes and is a powerful antioxidant that not only protects the eyes, but has also been linked to a decrease in cancers and cardiovascular disease.
The reason I’ve included it in the “Essential 7” is because a large study found that individuals with risk of deteriorating central vision, like people with age related macular degeneration, were found to have lower levels of lycopene serum levels in their blood.
I recommend taking all the items in the “Essential 7” daily ... and ongoing ... to help protect your macula, support crisp central vision, reduce risks of eyesight deterioration or vision loss, and to replenish your eyes with these essential, vital nutrients.
Buying Criterion #2: Must contain FloraGlo™ lutein: We’ve already discussed that FloraGlo™ lutein is superior in quality and it is the type of lutein used in the AREDS 2 study.
Do NOT take a vitamin supplement with cheap lutein. The label on your bottle MUST say FloraGlo™.
If it doesn’t, then it is a cheaper, inferior product.
Buying Criterion #3: Follow the 5 to 1 Rule: Earlier in this report I mentioned the 5 to 1 rule and promised to expand on it.
This rule refers to the ratio of lutein to zeaxanthin that is found to naturally occur in the healthy foods that we eat. The ratio of lutein to zeaxanthin found naturally occurring in foods is 5 to 1. This means that there is 5 times more lutein than zeaxanthin.
Your eye vitamin supplement should contain this same naturally occurring ratio of 5 parts lutein to 1 part zeaxanthin so that it is most effective for protecting the health of your eyes and slowing the progression of age related macular degeneration.
So, what does this look like on the label of a vitamin bottle?
The label on your bottle should state 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin. This follows the 5 to 1 rule.
Buying Criterion #4: 100% Beta-carotene free:
The fourth criterion to follow when buying an eye vitamin is to purchase a supplement that is 100% beta-carotene free.
Beta-carotene is often labeled as vitamin A.
You should completely AVOID this!
You may have heard that beta-carotene is good for your eyes ...
You may have even been told by your physician to take a formulation containing beta-carotene ...
It doesn’t matter …
Do NOT take a supplement containing beta-carotene!
Studies have shown that taking high doses of beta-carotene is link to an increase in the risk for lung cancer in smokers and former smokers.
Buying Criterion #5: Made in the USA in a cGMP facility
Find a reputable company manufacturing their product in the United States in a facility adhering to cGMP guidelines.
Many supplements are made overseas and then sold in the U.S.A., coming from countries like China, or 3rd world countries.
These countries have low or lower standards of health and safety regulations.
Even the biggest and most well known companies may be producing their products overseas!
Some independent studies have shown that up to 50% of supplements do NOT contain what is stated on the label or contain additional items NOT listed on the label. (6)
Find a supplement that is produced in the United States adhering to cGMP guidelines.
cGMP is the strictest and highest quality standard that a supplement manufacturer can follow so that you can feel confident that your supplement contains what is stated on its label without additional items or contaminants.
The vitamin you buy in the store may be produced in a facility that falls well below the cGMP standards … especially if it isn’t produced in the USA.
Preserve Mac Forte Advanced meets ALL 5 of these buying criteria.