Zinc: A Delicate Balance for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Patients

Viteyes® Encourages AREDS2 Patients to Watch Zinc Intake and Side Effects with Consuming Too Much
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Sept. 13, 2021 - PRLog -- As we roll into Healthy Aging Month with COVID still looming over our heads, we continue to see certain recommended immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals flying off the shelves. Viteyes® wants to remind our older generation that although Zinc is highlighted as one of the recommended minerals to boost the immune system, too much may cause negative side effects for their overall health.

As many as 11 million people in the United States (https://www.brightfocus.org/macular/article/age-related-macular-facts-figures) have some form of age-related macular degeneration with this number expected to double to nearly 22 million by 2050. It has been shown that adding an AREDS 2 supplement to one's diet may help maintain macular health. The problem: Many AREDS 2 supplements contain 80 mg of zinc which is double the daily upper tolerable intake level (UL) stated by the National Institute of Health.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, many consumers have added a stand-alone zinc to their daily routine. For those already incorporating zinc into their diet as well as taking an AREDS2 supplement for their macular health, the additional zinc may end up harming them rather than helping them. The National Institute of Health recommends a maximum (UL) of 40 mg of zinc per day to avoid any potential adverse health effects such as nausea, interference with certain antibiotics and antivirals, stomach pains, higher rate of UTIs & kidney stones, inhibit the absorption of iron and copper leading to anemia and neurological issues.

According to Samuel Liu, MD, PhD, Princeton Eye Group, PA, "The AREDS2 study demonstrated the benefit of zinc as an important component to reducing the risk of AMD progression.  However, it's important to consider the daily amount of zinc ingested with respect to the risk of potential side effects.  A formulation of 25mg of zinc provided identical protection compared with higher doses, yet reduces the odds of health risks from excessive zinc levels."

A combination of stand-alone zinc supplements (typically containing 30 - 50 mg of zinc), a daily multivitamin (such as One-A-Day® Mens Multivitamin with 24 mg of zinc) and a patient taking 80 mg zinc level AREDS 2 is roughly 154 mg of zinc daily, almost 4x the upper tolerable intake level. The solution: Viteyes® AREDS2 products contain anywhere from 0 mg - 25 mg of zinc and are proven to be just as effective as competing products that contain dangerous levels of zinc. Plus, Viteyes® AREDS2 Capsules now utilize natural Vitamin E, are allergen-free and smaller easy-to-swallow capsules. For those who prefer, a powder form is available as well.

To learn more about Viteyes® AREDS2, visit www.viteyes.com.

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