It’s a frightening condition that will slowly rob you of your vision, ultimately leaving you helpless and blind — and because it comes on gradually and painlessly, you could have the earliest stages of this disease right now and not even know it.
It’s age-related macular degeneration, and it’s the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in seniors.
But while the prospect of slowly losing your vision is enough to frighten anyone, I’ve found that a blend of key antioxidants can help slow or even stop the damage of age-related macular degeneration — and new research backs my approach.
Seniors with AMD were given either a blend of lutein, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and vitamin E or a placebo for at least a year, but many of the patients stayed with the study longer.
And the ones who stayed with it longest had the best results — with patients who continued to take the vitamins for up to three years showing improvements in vision and a lower risk of progression to the more advanced stages of the disease.
In some cases, the differences were slight — especially after just a single year of treatment. But I think that’s because the study fell a little short with the nutrients used in supplements.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are critical to good vision because both are found in the retina. And while vitamins C and E are also useful here, there are a few essential eye-protecting nutrients that were left out — including bilberry, gingko, and grape seed.
They key is to start taking these supplements early — but many people don’t, for two reasons: denial and fear. The sad truth is many people who start to lose their vision go into denial over it. And the main reason they’re in denial is fear — including the fear that a doctor will tell them they can no longer drive.
But the longer you wait to seek help, the greater the damage — so if you find you can’t see as well as you used to, or if loved ones are questioning your vision, don’t ignore the warning signs.
Seek the help of a holistic medical doctor.
Dr. Mark Stengler