Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2)
The AREDS 2 trial of vitamins and minerals for macular degeneration (MD) prevention was published in 2013. The research shows that some groups of people given a special treatment with high-dose vitamins and minerals had a significantly reduced risk of developing macular degeneration.
The AREDS 2 treatment is a supplement of antioxidant plant pigments Lutein and Zeaxanthin, Vitamins C & E and the minerals zinc and copper. When high-risk patients take these supplements the risk of developing MD is reduced by 25%.
The daily supplements recommended by AREDS 2 trial were:
- Lutein 10mg
- Zeaxanthin 2mg
- Vitamin C – 500 mg
- Vitamin E – 400 IU or 268mg
- 25 – 80 mg Zinc Oxide
- 2 mg Copper Oxide (only necessary with a higher zinc dose)
AREDS doses of vitamins and zinc are much higher than in most multi-vitamin pills. AREDS 2 showed that if Zinc was reduced to 25mg per day it was equally effective. So, if 80mg of zinc upsets your stomach, you may take less. The AREDS 2 formula has been scientifically proved to help prevent MD. Generally there is no problem taking both AREDS 2 and multivitamins.
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