Two Nutrients That Can Help Slow Vision Loss

The nutrient lutein, when taken in combination with vitamin A, might slow the vision loss usually associated with retinitis pigmentosa. Rentinitis pigmentosa is an inherited eye disease that causes progressive vision loss.

Scientists report that a daily dose of 12 milligrams of lutein plus 15,000 International Units of vitamin A was associated with a preservation of mid-peripheral vision.

Forty-year-olds with the condition who take the vitamin A plus lutein combination would not be expected to lose their mid-peripheral field until the age of 61. In contrast, those not taking the nutrients who lose this field at the age of just 51.

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