Health and Nutrition


March 11, 2012

What Is Macular Degeneration?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated April 29, 2015) (Reviewed by Martin A. Mainster, Ph.D., M.D., FRCOphth) Audio/visual presentations on all related subjects Recommended books: The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed by Daniel L. Roberts Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas Mogk, M.D.
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May 13, 2011

Ten Things to Know About Multivitamins

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by Ellen Troyer CEO & Chief Research Officer Biosyntrx Nutritional Technology May 13, 2011 It’s easy to become confused with so many multivitamins choices available. To help sort out the facts, here are ten things eye doctors and their patients should look for when recommending or selecting an ocular health/full-body multivitamin supplement. 1. Both eye
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February 8, 2010

Saffron Shown to Improve Vision

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts February 8, 2010 Clinical trials in Italy and Australia have shown that the spice, saffron, can improve vision in people with AMD. The trial was conducted Policlinico Gemelli in Italy by Professor Benedetto Falsini. It was double blind and randomly controlled, involving 25 subjects over six months. Half the group was given
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January 29, 2009

Vitamin C Can Lower CRP Levels

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by Dan Roberts January 2009 A UC Berkeley study led by Gladys Block, PhD, suggests that 1,000 mg of daily supplemental vitamin C can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), the marker associated with systemic inflammation. (Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Jan. 1, 2009). It suggests that a daily dose of supplemental vitamin C can
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November 6, 2008

A Summary of Risk Factors for AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2003 (Updated November 2008) Research has revealed new risk factors in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Called epidemiological studies, they show correlations of the disease with obesity and consumption of certain dietary fats. These discoveries are being added to the list of more commonly-known risk factors, including
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October 7, 2008

Blue Light and Antioxidants

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by Dan Roberts October 2008 Prolonged exposure to intense blue light (eg. natural or artificial sunlight) is considered a risk factor for AMD. Foods high in antioxidants are also known to help protect the retina from light damage. Until recently, however, no studies have shown a direct correlation between light damage and antioxidant levels. Researchers
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July 7, 2008

Lutein And Zeaxanthin May Offer Protection Against MD

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by Dan Roberts 1995 (Updated July 2008) Progress is being made in the study of both lutein and zeaxanthin as potentially effective nutritional supplements for macular degeneration patients. According to a 1995 study, increasing the consumption of dark green, leafy vegetables appears to offer some protection against macular degeneration. Because nutritional factors may play a
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July 24, 2007

Genetics and Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

Information for this article provided by Asper Ophthalmics What is DNA? DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that contains all of the genetic instructions needed to develop and maintain an organism. It is a long structure resembling a winding staircase. Each step of the staircase consists of two building blocks called nucleotides. There are four
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May 20, 2007

Omega-3 Proving to be Beneficial on Several Fronts

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts May 20, 2007 (Updated April 15, 2008) Recent studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption may reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and depression. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Research Group showed that dietary total docosahexaenic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid contained
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May 14, 2007

Good News For Chocolate Lovers, Cautionary Advice for Wine Drinkers

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts December 2003 (Updated May 2007) A report published in the December 2003 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry announced that cocoa has more antioxidant power that wine or tea. We have been told that red wine and green tea are beneficial for our retinas, but it looks like we should
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