Vitamin A & Lutein for Healthy Vision

Vitamin A has a long-established role with supporting healthy vision. Some research has also suggested that lutein—a natural substance found in food, and in the same family of compounds as beta-carotene—may play a similar role. In fact, lutein is naturally found in a region of the eye called the retina. A new, 4-year, double-blind study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology suggests that a combination of vitamin A and lutein given to 225 people, provide support for healthy functioning of the retina. This new study lends support to existing research demonstrating the contribution that vitamin A and lutein make to supporting healthy vision.

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Q: Are there particular nutrients women tend to lack?
Dr. Robert DiSilvestro

A: Calcium is always problematic. Studies suggest some women may also be prone to what’s termed a “marginal deficiency” in vitamin D, zinc, and copper. All of these can affect bone integrity, a major issue in women’s health.* At present, we don’t know exactly when a lower than normal level of one of these nutrients will impact bone health.*

Dr. Steven Gundry, the former head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center, gives advice and answers common questions about health, diet and lifestyle.

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