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News2009February › Sight: B vitamins help keep vision sharp as we age › February 2009

Sight: B vitamins help keep vision sharp as we age

Following on from our news story last week about how fruits and vegetables can help reduce vision loss in older age, a new study has found that vitamins B6 and B12 can also help preserve our eyesight as we get older

Following on from our news story last week about how fruits and vegetables can help reduce vision loss in older age, a new study has found that vitamins B6 and B12 can also help preserve our eyesight as we get older.

Taking a combination of vitamins B6 and B12 together with folic acid can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Researchers made the discovery when they gave supplements to a group of 5,442 women aged 40 and older who already had heart disease or three other risk factors for AMD.

Over a seven-year period, the women were given either a placebo, or sugar pill, or the supplements. Those who took the supplements reduced their risk of AMD by 34 per cent, and of 'visually significant' AMD by 41 per cent.

(Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2009; 169: 335. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2008.574).


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