Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: How many capsules are in a bottle of Preserve Mac Forte Advanced?
Answer: 120 capsules are in a bottle.
Question: How big are the capsules?
Answer: The capsules are roughly the size of a Tylenol capsule
Question: Can I see a list of all 27 ingredients?
Answer: Yes, just click here to see an image of the label.
Question: What is AREDS and AREDS 2?
Answer: There have been two massive studies completed by the National Eye Institute. The original study is called AREDS, which stands for Age Related Eye Disease Study. The second study is called AREDS 2. The important thing to know is that AREDS 2 is the latest and most up to date study on age related macular degeneration. These studies found that supplementing your diet with specific antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can slow the progression of age related macular degeneration. Preserve Mac Forte Advanced is formulated based on aspects of the most up to date, AREDS 2, study.
Question: How does this compare to an AREDS 2 formula from other companies?
Answer: The typical AREDS 2 formula contains only 6 items, and some contain less. Preserve Mac Forte Advanced contains all 6 items studied in AREDS 2, plus it contains an extra carotenoid called lycopene. In addition, it contains 20 more items for a total of 27 ingredients! It is a powerful, comprehensive ocular supplement that promotes healthy eyes and supports full body health.
Question: Does Preserve Mac Forte contain lutein and zeaxanthin?
Answer: Yes, Preserve Mac Forte contains 10mg of lutein and 2mg of zeaxanthin. This is the natural 5 to 1 ratio found in the eye and the ratio naturally occuring in the healthy foods that we eat. It is also the ration studied in AREDS 2 and is the recommended ratio by the National Eye Institute.
Question: Does this product contain FloraGLO lutein?
Answer: Yes, Preserve Mac Forte Adanced contains FloraGLO lutein which is what was used in the massive, groundbreaking AREDS 2 study. FloraGLO lutein is 5 times more bioavailable than cheap lutein. This means it is more readily absorbed by your body so that it gets into your system and protects your eyes better. If the label does not say FloraGLO on it, then you are taking a cheap, inferior product.
Question: I’ve read on the Internet that I should take 20mg or more of lutein each day. Is this true?
Answer: No. This is simply untrue. There are plenty of websites trying to sell the idea that you should buy their product because it has 15mg, 20mg, or more of lutein! The proper dosage is 10mg per day. The National Eye Institute has completed the largest study on age related eye disease called AREDS 2 and they recommend 10mg. Taking more than this recommended amount may be toxic or harmful to your health.
Question: Can I take only 1 capsule per day?
Answer: There are 27 high quality ingredients that make up the Preserve Mac Forte Advanced formulation. It is impossible to get all of these powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals into only one capsule. Many customers use this product as BOTH their eye vitamin and their general health vitamin, which allows them to eliminate purchasing two separate products. It is recommended that you take 4 to 6 per day.
Question: How many capsules do I take?
Answer: We have found that most customers take 2 capsules in the morning with breakfast and 2 capsules in the evening with dinner. You can take up to 6 per day.
Question: Does it work?
Answer: First, lets be clear about something — there is no cure for age related macular degeneration. There is no way to restore lost vision from age related macular degeneration. The best hope that we have is to SLOW the progression of age related macular degeneration by taking a daily supplement containing powerful antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. We have customers all over the world. Some of our customers have been using this product since 2006. We have customers that report to us through our phone agents, by email, and letter how well they are doing. Our customers are very satisfied.
Question: Does Preserve Mac Forte contain beta-carotene?
Answer: No, Preserve Mac Forte does not contain beta-carotene. The National Eye Institute reported the results from their AREDS 2 study in May of 2013 and they found that when replacing the beta-carotene from the original AREDS formula with 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin that it slows age related macular degeneration even more and reduces risk of vision loss. Research studies have suggested a link between high doses of beta-carotene and increased cases of lung cancer in people who smoke. Replacing beta-carotene with lutein and zeaxanthin makes this formula safe for smokers and increases the effectiveness of the vitamin supplement in slowing AMD.
Question: What are free radicals?
Answer: Research has shown that the activity within the cells of the body produces a type of oxygen that is quite reactive and unstable. This oxygen is called a free radical. This unstable oxygen is essential for the body to be able to fight outside infections or to reduce areas of inflammation within the body. Unfortunately these free radicals also can cause harm to some other chemicals of the body like proteins, lipids, and even all-important DNA. Because there is a very high level of lipids in the area of the eye called the retina, it is particularly sensitive to the damaging effects of free radicals. These free radicals cause oxidation and that leads to damage. That is why the protective supplements are called ANTI OXIDANTS. Their mission is to reduce the level of excess free radicals. This in turn leads to a slowing of the macular damage.
Question: I signed up for a free sample, why am I getting charged again without my
Answer: When you request our free sample bottle of our eye vitamin, then you agree to enroll in our automatic home delivery plan. The home delivery plan will automatically ship out a new bottle to you every month for our guaranteed lowest price and charge your credit card. This is clearly stated on our website. To cancel your recurring billing, please send an email to our support help desk at the link above.
Question: How do I stop my recurring billing?
Answer: If you wish to stop your automatic home delivery plan, then submit an email ticket to our customer support desk. Be sure to include your customer details like your full name and phone number. We also appreciate it if you tell us why you are cancelling. This helps us improve our program for future customers.
Question: I have too many bottles and you keep sending more! Can I pause my automatic home delivery for a little while so that I can catch up?
Answer: Yes, if you are receiving your vitamins quicker than you are using them, then please submit an email support ticket. Tell us how long you’d like us to wait before continuing your delivery program and we will delay your next shipment until you are caught up.
Question: I want to place an order by phone! Can you help?
Answer: Yes, please call us at our phone number on this website and follow the phone menu to get to the appropriate department to help you.uestion: What is lutein?
Answer: Experts feel that lutein acts like a natural pair of sunglasses. It concentrates in the macula and protects this sensitive area from the ultraviolet rays of the sun. Lutein levels in the macula have been shown to increase when lutein is increased in the diet with the right foods or with proper supplementation.
Question: How does lutein protect the macula?
Answer: Lutein increases the pigment in the macula, and the increased pigment protects against the oxidative forces of the sun. These forces damage the retina and the macula over time.
Question: Do all of these essential supplements act in the same way?
Answer: The items in Preserve Mac Forte Advanced all work by interfering with chemicals and forces (oxidation) that harm the macula.
Question: Does smoking accelerate AMD?
Answer: Smoking has been linked to an increased risk for AMD. This is especially true for people who have a certain genetic history in their family.
Question: Are there any treatments for dry AMD?
Answer: There are some treatments being tested; however, currently the only known way to slow the process is with proper vitamin and mineral supplementation.
Question: Do all patients with AMD go blind?
Answer: No, but any person who has AMD can go blind if they live long enough and do not take action to slow the natural progression of the illness.
Question: Can’t I just get enough anti oxidants in my diet so that I do not need supplements?
Answer: There are doctors and nutritionists who feel that you can get everything that you need from your diet. There are others who feel that supplements are essential. My personal belief is that the supplements certainly cannot hurt. Almost all of the best sources are found in foods that usually are cooked. Much of the nutritional value can be lost with cooking, so supplements could be even more important than the nutritional sources because they are not altered by cooking.
Question: What are lutein and zeaxanthin?
Answer:These are two substances that you are likely to hear the most about if you have AMD. These are two chemicals from a group of substances called carotenoids. Carotenes are derived from tuberous plants like carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. There is also a group called xanthophylls and these are derived from plant leaves. The most important xanthophyll for AMD is lutein. Lutein is found in spinach, kale, collard and mustard greens, and egg yolks. Plants make other types of xanthophylls; however, lutein is the only one that accumulates in the eye. Zeaxanthin is much like lutein and together they help produce a richer and more vibrant pigment in the retina. This helps protect the macula from further degeneration.
Question: I have read about something called drusen. What exactly is drusen?
Answer:Drusen is the name of the damaged spots in the macula. A drusen is a yellowish spot that forms indicating that there is an area of damage. Sunlight is particularly harmful to the retina and can cause drusen. Both lutein and zeaxanthin help filter out the most harmful ultraviolet blue spectrum of sunlight. This helps reduce additional damage.
Question: You said that lutein helps make pigment. What exactly does that mean?
Answer: There is a very rich pigment that covers the back of the eye. This pigment is protective. Lutein is important because it determines the thickness of the yellow macular pigment layer. Yellow lutein is located in a layer covering the all important rods and cones of the retina. Thus this layer protects these highly sensitive areas from the damage of unfiltered sunlight. The thicker and richer this layer becomes, the more protection that is offered against the oxidative damage of sunlight.
Question: What else can I do besides wear good sunglasses and take the proper nutritional supplements?
Answer: Most experts recommend a number of things to slow the progression of AMD. You should stop smoking immediately if you are a smoker. You should be on vitamin and mineral supplementation. You should see an ophthalmologist every year and more frequently if you detect a change in your vision. You should drink less alcohol. Lastly you need a good pair of sunglasses that have UV protection. Many sunglasses do not have UV protection. Without this protection, sunglasses offer no help to filter out the damaging rays that speed the progression of AMD.
Question: Should everyone take nutritional supplements to protect against AMD?
Answer: If you are over 50 you should begin by seeing an eye doctor. An ophthalmologist is the best choice for your evaluation. The doctor will look into the back of your eye to see if there is evidence of drusen. Even if there are no drusen, many eye doctors recommend starting a program involving dietary supplements. If there is a family history of AMD, you should begin supplements. In addition you should begin supplements even before the age of 50 if you have a diet that is lacking in the items listed previously.