Supplement could slow age-related macular degeneration progress

UK researchers have developed an antioxidant supplement which they claim could help to slow down sight loss in elderly people.

Professor Usha Chakravarthy, from Queen’s Centre of Vision and Vascular Science (CVVS), led the study, which looked at nutritional supplements for patients with early age-related macular (AMD) degeneration.

Over 400 people across Ireland took part in clinical trials investigating whether carotenoids, rich antioxidants which are found in fruit and vegetables, could prevent progression to the more serious late AMD.

The study showed that intake of high levels of both carotenoids preserved the macular pigments, slowing down the progression from early AMD to late AMD.

In contrast, the macular pigments of participants in the placebo group declined steadily.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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