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Information on Macular Degeneration

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Macular Degeneration


A chronic disease of the eyes caused by the deterioration of the central portion of the retina, known as the macula, which is responsible for focusing central vision in the eye.


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Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Beta carotene
Importance: N/A
Comments: Helps with eye disorders.

Carotenoid complex (Betatene)
Importance: N/A
Comments: Helps with eye disorders.

Importance: N/A
Comments: Can help slow the loss of vision when used in conjunction with fresh blueberries, zinc, and ginkgo biloba.

Grape seed
Importance: N/A
Comments: Potent antioxidant. Helps prevent free radical damage.

Importance: N/A
Comments: Antioxidant.

Shark Cartilage
Importance: N/A
Comments: Stops growth of tiny blood vessels that may cause loss of vision. May slows the process of macular degeneration.

Vitamin A
Importance: N/A
Comments: Powerful antioxidant. Promotes healthy eye function. Emulsion form is recommended when used in high doses.

Vitamin C
Importance: N/A
Comments: Antioxidant. Kills free radicals. Protects the eyes. Alleviates pressure caused by cataracts.

Vitamin E
Importance: N/A
Comments: Antioxidant. Kills free radicals.

Importance: N/A
Comments: Lack of zinc may contribute to eye problems. Zinc picolinate form is recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Contains anthocyanosides which act as antioxidants in the retina of the eye. Supplementing with Bilberry is thought to be beneficial for prevention and treatment of early state macular degeneration. Blueberries contain bioflavonoids. It is recommended that you eat eight to ten ounces of blueberries a day, take Ginkgo Biloba extract, and zinc is though to help stop the loss of your vision. It is best to start treating Macular Degeneration in the early stages.


  • Eat more leafy green vegetables (like collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens), legumes, yellow vegetables, berries (blueberries, blackberries, and cherries), and other raw fruits and vegetables. Eat a lot of foods that provide vitamins E and C.
  • Stay away from sugars, saturated fats, cigarette smoke, alcohol, foods with contaminated fats and oils, hamburgers, lunch meats, and roasted nuts.