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Seek This Vitamin Group for Your Eyes

Seek This Vitamin Group for Your Eyes

There's a group of vitamins your eyes love. And they all start with the letter B.

Yep, turns out that in certain people, B vitamins could be key for lowering the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)—a common sight-stealer in older folks.

Easy on the eyes
In a 7-year study of middle-aged women with cardiovascular disease (or risk factors for it), women were far less likely to develop AMD if they took a vitamin B supplement for the study duration. The three magic Bs in the study: B6, B9 (folic acid), and B12. Researchers aren't entirely sure how Bs helped fend off AMD, but it's possible that their antioxidant effect lowered homocysteine levels—a marker of inflammation that can damage small blood vessels in the eyes. Good news! B vitamins may help stave off Alzheimer's, too.

How much B do you need?
Additional research is needed—in both women and men—to confirm the eye-protective benefits of vitamin B supplements. But in the meantime, we know that a B-rich diet has plenty of health benefits, like protecting against stroke. Use these tips to discover safe doses of B vitamins. And try these other strategies for keeping your peepers healthy:

Find out how your vision changes with age.

Medically reviewed in October 2019.

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