Vitamin Health announces the launch of Viteyes® AREDS 2 Zinc Free formula. While we continue to receive terrific feedback about how well Viteyes® AREDS 2 helps patients with AMD maintain their eye health, we continue to look for new options to help as many patients as we can. A recent trial analyzing the original National Eye Institute (NEI) AREDS study data and patient DNA samples concluded that after undergoing genetic [...]
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The National Eye Institute’s AREDS 2 study was a 5 year nationwide follow up to the original AREDS study. The AREDS 2 study results were announced on May 5, 2013 at ARVO and published online by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The primary goal of the AREDS 2 study was to reduce the risk for progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Completed in 2013, the AREDS 2 study [...]
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A recent study from the British Journal of Nutrition, looked into the relationship between omega-3 and body weight. The study included 124 participants of different weights.* Blood samples were taken from the participants to check for levels of omega-3. Researchers found that the obese individuals had significantly lower plasma concentrations of omega-3, compared to healthy weight individuals. They suggest that omega-3 may contribute to a smaller waist and healthier BMI. [...]
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A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that Vitamin D deficiency may increase heart disease risk for people with type 2 diabetes. Blood was tested from 76 obese people, 55 years old, who had high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and low vitamin D levels. Conversely, blood was tested from 15 similar people who had normal vitamin D levels and another 45 people with [...]
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A new study examined the effect of lutein, zeaxanthin and blackcurrant extract, on visual fatigue. This supplement combination and placebo samples were randomly given to thirteen participants, who took the samples for two weeks and then the opposite for two weeks. All participants completed visual proof-reading tasks for 2 hours during four testing sessions. Before and after the proof reading task participants moved their eyes back and forth between two [...]
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A new study shows that mothers who take in omega-3 (omega-3) polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) during pregnancy may produce children with a reduced risk of childhood allergies. This is described by the effects of maternal omega-3 supplementation during pregnancy and its impact on lactation and the incidence of allergic disease in infancy.* One hundred and forty-five pregnant women, affected by allergies themselves or having a husband or previous child with [...]
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Low vitamin D status has been associated with risk of cardiovascular disease. Metabolic syndrome, a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, was the focus of this recent study. This study, published in the Journal of Lipidology evaluated the relationship of vitamin D and cardiovascular disease risk, including metabolic syndrome.* The study participants included 258 men and women using fasting blood samples, individual [...]
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Omega-3 consumption may cut the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration by up to 40%, according a recent study published in Archives of Ophthalmology. The Age-Related Disease Study Research Group suggests that eating an omega-3 rich diet can reduce the risk of severe AMD. Researchers studied 4,519 Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) participants between 60 and 80 years of age, looking at their stage of AMD as well as dietary [...]
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A study done at Tufts University was completed with evidence that dietary intakes of vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein/zeaxanthin, docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid (omega-3) and low-dietary glycemic index (dGI) can help reduce the risk of AMD. The researchers began by assigning scores to each food. Results showed that higher compound scores were associated with lower risk for early AMD.* Therefore, diets that provide low dGI and higher intakes [...]
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An on-going study, based on Carotenoids in Age-Related Maculopathy (CARMA) indicated that intake of high levels of lutein and zeaxanthin preserved macular pigments. The study involved 433 participants with AMD. The aim of the CARMA Study is to investigate whether lutein and zeaxanthin, in combination with co-antioxidants, vitamin C, E, and zinc, has a beneficial effect on visual function and/or prevention of progression from early to late stages of the [...]
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