Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe vision loss. When it develops, it causes the center of your vision to become distorted with dark, blurry, or white areas. It can make straight lines appear crooked. And it can affect your color perception.  One of my favorite ways to prevent this illness and avoid these terrible symptoms is an oxygen therapy called hyperbaric oxygen. I've covered this topic several times in my newsletter Second Opinion.

However, many people have told me they just can't find this therapy. And conventional medicine just doesn't offer anything that works.

Reversing macular degeneration is very difficult, but I've found that a cocktail of four different nutrients can work wonders in stopping its progression. Better yet, if you don't have macular degeneration, these four nutrients oftentimes can completely prevent the disease.

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A Dutch study followed 560 people for eight years for intake of these four nutrients and the incidence of macular degeneration. The researchers controlled for factors like atherosclerosis and smoking. What they found was very encouraging.

Those with higher than average dietary intake of beta carotene, vitamins E and C, and zinc had a whopping 35% reduced risk of developing macular degeneration.

Action to take: The researchers indicate that there's synergy between the nutrients. They all work together to help your eyes better than any of them work alone. So it's important to take all four of them together.

It is possible to get enough of these nutrients from your diet. Some of the foods that contain high amounts of these nutrients are:

Vitamin C - most fruits and vegetables (even in potatoes).

Vitamin E - nuts, eggs, and unprocessed vegetable oil.

Beta Carotene - carrots and spinach.

Zinc - The only one of the four that has good sources outside the vegetable kingdom (it's abundant in meat). And whole grains are also a great source.

Unfortunately, most people don't eat enough of these foods. So I recommend you take a good multivitamin to protect yourself. I recommend you take one with the following dosages: Vitamin C (1,200 mg/daily), vitamin E (400 IU/daily), beta carotene (15 mg/daily or 10,000 IU from vitamin A), and zinc (15 mg/daily).

In addition to these four nutrients, I also recommend you take a good eye formula, such as Healthy Resolve's Advanced Vision Formula (800-728-2288). It has other nutrients, including lutein, bilberry, taurine, L-glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, eyebright, and N-acetyl-L-cysteine, which are great for your eyes. They can aid in the treatment and prevention of macular degeneration.

Ref: Jour Amer Med Assoc, December 28, 2005.

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