In the latest research from the Brigham and Women's Hospital at Harvard Medical School, daily supplementation of B. vitamins was associated with a decreased risk of age-related macular degeneration. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine and included over 5500 women that were 40 years of age and older. B6, B12, and folic acid were given over a period of 7.3 years. This was a double-blind placebo controlled study where other participants did not take these vitamins. Some of the women in the study had pre-existing cardiovascular disease.
It is interesting to see this combination of nutrients and its benefit for the eyes, when of course we know that these vitamins decrease homocysteine. There may be a significant link with homocysteine and the degeneration of the blood vessels in the retina. There are other studies that talk about zinc and lutein macular benefit. Research also describes that intravenous chelation therapy along with vitamin and mineral therapy can reverse macular degeneration. My approach typically would be to test for vitamins, minerals, hormones and heavy metals, and correct all of these accordingly.
The best results are typically seen by optimizing nutritional status and incorporating intravenous chelation therapy to remove the damaging heavy-metal effects to the eyes and all organs and tissues. It is of course important to retest all of the vitamin and mineral levels amongst or so after a specific protocol is created.
There are so many diseases that are preventable with a Comprehensive Nutritional /Medical approach.
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