VITAMINS, vitamins Vitamins they come in all shapes and sizes so many supplements on the market for AMD. These are recommended by all sorts of people with varying claims of success. You need to be aware of why you are taking them and the likely success of taking them.
Stripping away the hype over dietary supplements you need to understand the 2 Cochrane reviews about supplements and AMD. The Cochrane reviews are the gold standard for assessments of treatment, they are objective and independent. The two reviews were looking at different aspects of supplements and macular degeneration. They are both worth looking at for definitive information, they are;
- Antioxidant vitamins and mineral supplements to prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration.
The conclusion of the paper on prevention is: There is no evidence with respect to other antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin, or any of the commonly marketed multivitamin combinations. Although generally regarded as safe, vitamin supplements may have harmful effects and clear evidence of benefit is needed before they can be recommended.
To put it even more bluntly there is no point in taking supplements if there are no changes due to AMD. If you have family who feel they are at risk of AMD. Taking supplements will not prevent the disease. If there are no changes to the eye, supplements are not needed.
- Antioxidant vitamins and mineral supplements to slow down the progression of age-related macular degeneration
People with AMD may experience delay in progression of the disease with antioxidant vitamin and mineral supplementation. This finding is drawn from one large trial conducted in a relatively well-nourished American population. The generalisability of these findings to other populations is not known. Although generally regarded as safe, vitamin supplements may have harmful effects.
To sum this one up about 30% of people who take supplements may slow the rate of change of the disease. You are not going to reverse the course of any existing change to the macular area. They are worth taking though if change is present in the macula area, it will help in 30% of cases.
Knowing that you can only slow the progression of the disease the question then is which supplement to use?
For information on that go to the following blog posts….