Taking a lot of pills on a daily basis, even for the most determined and motivated person can be a problem. Multi vitamin and mineral pills solve this problem to some extent, but their ingredients may not be adequate for your needs. That is why I worked with a company to develop what I believe to be the most complete supplement for persons with macular degeneration. The formula I developed is the Macular Degeneration Nutritional Formula available from Nutritional Research LLC in Carson City, Nevada. This product contains 29 ingredients, including the anti-oxidants mentioned above, lutein, and the herbs I will describe in the next chapter. This product is made from the freshest natural extracts. No artificial additives, preservatives, corn, wheat, yeast or soy or dairy products are used in the manufacturing. The nutrients are put into capsules so patients who have difficulty swallowing can open the capsule and mix the contents into fruit juice or sprinkle it on cereal. There are many other formulas on the market, and you may choose to purchase any one. Just be sure that your bases are covered in terms of the anti-oxidant power available in any given brand. You will probably need to supplement with individual nutrients in the first three months regardless of what brand you choose since the therapeutic doses are too high to be carried in a single pill. This has it all! You will see several ingredients listed that I did not cover in this chapter. Be assured that they are very important for total eye health.
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Following is a list of the ingredients in the macular degeneration formulation that I recommend. For those patients who do not want to buy an extra product (i.e. Ocular Function Spray), and wish to take all their nutrients from this formula, it contains a baseline level of lutein, vitamin E, and zeaxanthin.
A final word about Zinc – I have discovered that over 80 percent of patients who take zinc as a supplement are deficient in this substance! A simple taste test called the Zinc Tally Test can determine your zinc levels. I encourage you to ask your doctor about this test.
MACULAR DEGENERATION NUTRITIONAL FORMULA (60 packets/bottle)
Dose per packet:
Vitamin A (Palmitate) 5,000 IU
Beta-Carotene 10,000 IU (from Dunaliella salina, a natural source providing Beta-Carotene, Alpha-Carotene, Zeaxanthin, Cryptoxanthin and Lutein)
Vitamin B-1 (Thiamine HCL) 25 mg Vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin HCL) 25 mg Vitamin B-3 (Niacinamide) 50 mg Vitamin B-3 (Niacin) 10 mg Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) 100 mg Vitamin B-6 (Puridoxine HCL) 25 mg Folic Acid 200 mcg Vitamin B-12 100 mcg Vitamin C 500 mg
Vitamin E (d-alpha Tocopherol) 200 IU
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 200 mg
Bilberry Extract 40 mg
Ginkgo Biloba Extract 40 mg
Quercetin Bioflavonoid 50 mg
L.-Taurine 400 mg
Calcium (Citrate) 100 mg
Magnesium (Citrate) 200 mg
Copper (Sebecate) 3 mg
Selenium (Selenomethionine) 200 mcg
Zinc (Picolinate) 20 mg
Manganese 3 mg
Rutin 15 mg
Hesperidin 10 mg
Lycopene 1 mg
Lutein 10 mg
Suggested dose 1 packet twice a day.
You can see how comprehensive this formula is. Although you do need to take six capsules in divided doses, you will be getting virtually all the nutrients needed for your eye health. Of course your overall health will improve immensely when you begin to supplement your diet at this level. Taking supplements and improving your diet are two of the most important ways anyone can improve overall health. Congratulations on taking care of yourself!
Checklist for Step Seven
V Read the labels on your vitamins and list all those you are now taking.
V Compare this list to the Macular Degeneration Formula.
V Order the Macular Degeneration Formula or purchase individual supplements for your eye health. (See Resources.)