Health and Nutrition

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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March 18, 2007

Zinc May Harm the Retina: New Finding

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by Dan Roberts March 2007 BBC News announced on March 18, 2007 that researchers at London’s Institute of Ophthalmology think the mineral zinc may play a role in the development of AMD. The study, published in Experimental Eye Research, found that drusen containing high levels of zinc may contribute to progression of the disease. When
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March 7, 2006

No Smoking

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By Linda Kaspari Updated, March 2006 Cigarette smoking reduces levels of plasma antioxidant, a substance in the blood stream, which protects retinal cells. Smoking causes the protective layer between the retina and blood vessels to erode, resulting in poor circulation, irritation and scarring. Smoking is damaging to the blood supply. Smoking exposes the body to
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July 1, 2005

Blue Light and Macular Degeneration

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From “Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight” by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Reprinted with permission) In many primate studies, blue light has been shown to cause a photochemical reaction that produces free radicals in the RPE and the rods and cones. Researchers believe that these free radicals interact
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