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:
- Eat better for the eyes. Here are some foods that help keep your vision stronger longer.
- Get ahead of the curve. Find out how often you need an eye exam.
- Stay in the know. Sort fact from folklore with this article on healthy vision myths.
How healthy are your eyes? Find out with this eye health assessment.