Truth Squad: Supplements For Eye Health

Supplements for Women’s Health

In general, many eye health experts may recommend supplements only for those who already experience specific types of vision loss, said Dr. Penny Asbell, director of the Cornea Service and Refractive Surgery Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. For example, according to Asbell, supplements may have more benefit to those who suffer from dry age-related macular degeneration, a less severe form of AMD, because of the slower progression of vision loss, rather than the more severe wet AMD. Supplements Will Not Cure All Eye Ills, Doctors Say In fact, Chew said, ophthalmologists should only recommend supplements if an eye exam shows yellow spots in the eye, called drusen, which is a common sign of AMD. “Only if you have those yellow spots do supplements work for you,” said Chew. “You really have to be at that intermediate stage.” The common nutrient in most eye health supplements are antioxidants, because oxidative stress, the damaging effects of reactive oxygen and toxins, is implicated in AMD, as it is in most age-related diseases, and in the aging process itself.
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They are claimed to help in the treatment of arthritis. Phosphatidylserine is a naturally occurring nutrient that is an essential component of human cell membranes. It is marketed as helping to maintain optimum brain and cognitive functions. L-arginine is an essential amino acid and one of the building blocks of proteins in the body.
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There are age specific supplements for elderly women and for pregnant women called prenatal vitamins. There are also some that are recommended to be taken immediately after puberty. Womens health supplements are merely supplements and not substitutes for food. A balanced diet is a must for good health, because supplements can only fill the deficiencies. These health supplements should be taken only in the doses prescribed by a physician. An overdose of supplements can lead to other disorders.
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