As many as 21 million Americans have vision problems and 80 million have potentially blinding eye diseases. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, and glaucoma are the main causes of vision problems and blindness in older Americans. There are some conventional treatments or surgery available for some eye conditions, but some people turn to dietary supplements to prevent them or to delay their progression. Here are 4 things you should know if you are considering taking dietary supplements for eye conditions:
Findings from the Age-Related Eye Disease Studies (AREDS and AREDS2) suggest that taking dietary supplements with antioxidant vitamins and zinc may slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration in people who have intermediate AMD, and those who have late AMD in one eye. Data from other studies do not support using other dietary supplements, such as Ginkgo biloba and omega-3 fatty acids for AMD. Read More
The problem of vitamin deficiency is especially relevant now. Without vitamins, we feel weak and apathetic and become an easy target for various viruses.
We at Bright Side were amazed when we found out that all you need to do to determine if you’re getting enough vitamins is look in the mirror. You can carry out your own check-up while you’re reading this article.
Foods to boost your immune system and increase vitamin and mineral intake
To maintain your brain, muscle, bone, nerves, skin, blood circulation, and immune system, your body requires a steady supply of many different raw materials-both macronutrients and micronutrients. You need large amounts of macronutrients-proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. And while you only need a small number of micronutrients-vitamins and minerals-failing to get even those small quantities virtually guarantees disease.
The importance of micronutrients
Nearly 30 vitamins and minerals that your body cannot manufacture in sufficient amounts on its own are called “essential micronutrients.” British sailors learned centuries ago that living for months without fresh fruits or vegetables-the main sources of vitamin C-caused the bleeding gums and listlessness of scurvy, a disease that often proved fatal. Even today in many low-income countries, people frequently suffer from a variety of nutrient-deficiency diseases. Read More
Vitamins are the building blocks that keep our bodies running; they help build muscle and bone, capture energy, heal wounds and more. But if our body doesn’t create vitamins, how do they get into our system? Ginnie Trinh Nguyen describes what vitamins are, how they get into our bodies — and why they are so crucial. Lesson by Ginnie Trinh Nguyen, animation by The Moving Company Animation Studio. Steven Schecter
“About half of Americans take some sort of dietary supplement. The majority of supplements we consume are in the form of multivitamins and mineral supplements. What does the scientific community tell us about the benefits of taking dietary supplements? Please read more.” – Health + Healing Editor
Dietary Supplements: Nutrition in a Pill? It’s important when using dietary supplements to assess your needs, evaluate the merits of taking supplements, and understand how to choose and use them. Dietary supplements aren’t intended to be a food substitute because they can’t replicate all of the nutrients and benefits of whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. read more
So should you or shouldn’t you be taking a multivitamin or any other vitamin or mineral supplement? Recent research findings highlight concerns about the long-term use of supplements and vitamins by people who do not have severe nutritional deficiencies. read more
Study: Vitamin E Raises Risk to Prostate A study revealed that Vitamin E supplements can significantly increase the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men even after they stopped taking them. Given the popularity of vitamin E for those 60 and over, the researchers wrote, “the implications of our observations are substantial.” read more