In the last 10 years or so eye supplements and vitamins have appeared in the market. While many eye care specialists will tell you right off the bat that many of those dont work there are some that have been tested and proven beneficial. These are mostly useful to people who suffer age-related macular degeneration. Tests have shown that for people with advanced risk of this disease a high-dose combination of vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene and zinc reduces their chances of developing it by about 25%. In case you are wondering how common age-related macular disease is, in America alone 8 million are at risk of developing it and 1.8 million people already have an advanced form of it. It is a disease that causes vision loss.
Although some supplements can prevent the development or advancement of age-related macular disease it is important that you work with your ophthalmologist to determine which supplements are best for you and also how much you should be taking and how often. Since this is a disease that affects mostly the elderly it is important for the doctor to determine whether any supplements you take could cause bad reactions when mixed with any other drugs that you may be taking. In addition to that there are certain tips that will help you when choosing eye supplements and vitamins:
- Although vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc are highly recommended you will save some money if you buy them as a combination of multi vitamins than if you buy them separately.
- Many supplements have very little of the main ingredient. You may find, for example, that a vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and zinc multivitamin contains only about 20% or 25% of the vitamins. The rest is all filler to achieve the required weight of each pill. This filler is often comprised of ingredients that are unhealthy and can cause bad reactions. Make sure that you choose a brand that has at least 50% of the main ingredients the higher the better.
- Although it may seem like you cannot overdose on multivitamins you actually can. If you take more than the required dosage you may have adverse reactions. Make sure that you stick to your dosage. If you have concerns some people feel that because they have bigger bodies they should take higher doses you should discuss it with your ophthalmologist first.
- Check to make sure that the expiration date is far off you are better off with fresh supplements any time. In addition to that make sure that the seal is intact.
- The country of origin of the supplements that you take matters. There are some countries that are famous for fake supplements. If you choose a brand from Asia or China you may not be taking the real thing. It is always best to go with Made in America when it comes to supplements.
- If you have a sensitive stomach you should choose eye supplements and vitamins that are in capsule rather than pill form. Capsules are better absorbed and the coating protects the lining of your stomach.
- You should not buy brands that contain dairy, corn or wheat good supplement manufacturers never use these ingredients in their products.
- Before you buy any supplement it is worthwhile to find out what others think about it. Go to online forums where these matters are discussed and find out whether anyone has taken the brand that you have in mind and what their experience was with it.
These tips should help you choose eye supplements and vitamins to improve your visual health.