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Are Supplements for Age-Related Macular Degeneration Safe?

While the AREDS formulation, high doses of vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, and the minerals zinc and copper, has been recommended for years to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the NIH reports that a new study has clarified the safety and efficacy of these supplements. In 2006, supplement manufacturers added more antioxidants and minerals to the combination based on study designs that examined how adding to the combination would improve its efficacy before these studies were finished. A current study found that “there was no overall additional benefit from adding omega-3 fatty acids or a 5-to-1 mixture of lutein and zeaxanthin to the formulation.”

Read it on NIH website.