... taking a eye vitamin called equate which to me looks like gargage. I have been researching other eye vitamins such as bausch and lomb, visivite, Icaps. Boy are they expensive. What brand of eye vitamins does anyone take. Thank You
Any vitamin is fine. For the eyes, you want Lutein and beta carotene along with the other usual supplements. The studies are really inconclusive as to how much vitamins do other than make expensive pee but they wont really hurt you in recommended amounts and if they are beneficial for macular degeneration then that is great. Equate are Walmarts brand of vitamins and they are just as good as any of the higher priced "specialty" vitamins. Here is what Mayo clinic says:
Taking a high-dose formulation of antioxidant vitamins and zinc may (notice this says "may") reduce the progression of dry macular degeneration to vision loss, according to research by the National Eye Institute (NEI). In its research, the NEI used a formulation that included:
500 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
400 international units (IU) of vitamin E
15 mg of beta carotene (often as vitamin A — up to 25,000 IU)
80 mg of zinc (as zinc oxide)
2 mg of copper (as cupric oxide)
Ask your doctor whether this formulation may help you reduce your risk of vision loss. Studies found this specific combination of vitamins can't cure severe vision loss, but it may reduce the risk of vision loss in people with intermediate macular degeneration.
If you have advanced stage macular degeneration in one eye, this combination of vitamins may reduce the risk that you'll develop vision loss in your other eye. But for people with early-stage dry macular degeneration, there's no evidence that these vitamins provide a benefit.
Some vitamin supplements may have complications and risks. Tell your doctor if you smoke or have smoked in the past, because beta carotene supplements have been associated with a higher risk of lung cancer in smokers. Beta carotene also may increase the risk of coronary artery disease. Also, high doses of vitamin E may increase the risk of heart failure and other complications.
Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes to include more of the fruits and vegetables that contain these vitamins into your diet, along with other foods that contain nutrients believed to contribute to eye health. Some people may prefer to make lifestyle changes rather than take supplements. Others may wish to combine supplements with lifestyle changes. Discuss your options with your doctor.
Researchers continue to study the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and lutein in people with macular degeneration.
So dont spend a lot of money on specialty vitamins as the evidence is just not there to really say whether they are that beneficial. Vitamins are vitamins and I'm sure the Equate are as good as any. It is really better to eat foods that are high in the vitamins then it is to take supplements.
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