Macular Degeneration

Definition of Macular Degeneration:

Increasingly poor eyesight often accompanied by light sensitivity, distorted vision and a blank or dark patch in the center of vision.  Most common form is Age-related Macular Degeneration, which can be either 'wet type' or 'dry type'.

Also: Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Dry Macular Degeneration, Wet Macular Degeneration

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Alcohol Consumption a treatment
“...rheumatoid arthritis, bone fractures and osteoporosis, kidney stones, digestive ailments, stress and depression, poor cognition and memory, Parkinson's disease, hepatitis A, pancreatic cancer, macular degeneration (a major cause of blindness), angina pectoris, duodenal ulcer, erectile dysfunction, hearing loss, gallstones, liver disease and poor physical condition in elderly...”

Antioxidant Requirement

...the condition
“...studies have linked diets containing moderate to high proportions of fruit and vegetables to lower mortality and to a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease, cancers, cataracts and macular degeneration, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease...”
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Cigarette Smoke Damage

...relationship to Macular Degeneration
“Any type of smoking or exposure to tobacco smoke can accelerate the development of the 'wet' type of macular degeneration.  Smokers on average exhibit only half the density of yellow macular pigment (lutein and zeaxanthin) and develop macular degeneration 7 years sooner than non-smokers.”

Ginkgo Biloba a treatment
“...GBE has been reported in at least 10 different scientific articles, protecting eyes from the damage leading to macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness...”

Lutein a treatment
“...Other carotenoids like, beta-carotene, and vitamin A are not found in the eye and are not associated with reducing age-related macular degeneration.  Naturally, Lutein is found in dark green vegetable leaves, spinach being the food with one of the highest amounts per serving...”

Macular Degeneration

...the condition
“...Macular Degeneration is a condition in which the delicate cells of the macula become damaged and stop working...”
...our question about Eye sensitivity to bright light
“Those suffering from macular degeneration may be very sensitive to light or actually see lights that are not there.”
...recommendation Zinc
“...Intravenous administration along with selenium have demonstrated benefits in the treatment of macular degeneration.  According to researchers at Harvard University, however, zinc has shown mixed results...”
...recommendation Bilberry
“Bilberry contains compounds which act as antioxidants in the retina, making it a possible preventive measure for macular degeneration.  It also strengthens capillaries in the retina and reduces hemorrhaging...”
...recommendation Bindweed
“Bindweed prevents new vessel growth and may help stop the scarring and permanent damage seen with wet macular degeneration.  The suggested dose is two 250mg capsules per day.”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“There is evidence that eating fresh fruits and dark green, leafy vegetables (such as spinach and collard greens) may delay or reduce the severity of age-related macular degeneration.”
...recommendation Ginkgo Biloba
“Ginkgo Biloba appears to reduce the risk of macular degeneration...”
...recommendation L-Glutathione
“Researchers have found that age-related macular degeneration correlates with low glutathione levels...”
...recommendation Low/Decreased Fat Diet
“Some scientists have suggested an association between macular degeneration and high saturated fat, low carotenoid pigments, and other substances in the diet.”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Taking anti-oxidants such as vitamins C and E has beneficial protective effects against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Since oxidative damage of the eye can cause macular degeneration, taking antioxidants may lower the disease's occurrence...”
...recommendation Lutein
“...Supplementation with 6mg of Lutein daily may decrease the occurrence of macular degeneration by more than 50%...”

Test Antioxidant Status a treatment
“Antioxidants represent our front line of defense against major health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and macular degeneration.  At the molecular and cellular levels, antioxidants serve to deactivate free radicals, which usually come in the form of O2, the oxygen molecule...”
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