Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Antioxidants and carotenoids linked to AMD improvements

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Supplements of antioxidants and carotenoids may improve retinal health in people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), suggesting a role beyond prevention, suggests a new study from Italy.

A combination of vitamins C and E, zinc, copper, lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin was found to improve the function of the central retina among 27 people with non-advanced AMD, scientists report in the journal Ophthalmology.

"Because of the small number of patients enrolled, the present trial can be considered a pilot study and caution must be taken against drawing general conclusions," wrote lead author Vincenzo Parisi. "It is necessary to confirm our findings in a larger population and with long-term follow-up."

AMD is the leading cause of legal blindness for people over 55 years of age in the Western world, according to AMD
Great! More evidence! Even if the researchers themselves consider this as a "pilot study," it only confirms what we know in theory and in many clinical trials: anti-oxidants work to prevent degenerative diseases, in this case, AMD.

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