Extra Antioxidants Have Limited Benefits for Sight, Columbia University Medical Center Study

Published: May 10, 2013

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Taking additional antioxidant supplements on top of vitamin C, vitamin E and beta carotene does little to ward off macular degeneration among older adults, new research suggests. Researchers found a combination of lutein and zeaxanthin only provided extra protection for people who started out getting the smallest amount of those nutrients in their diets, such as from green, leafy vegetables. "Overall, people were hoping it would be a bigger bang," said Dr. Jack Cioffi, head of ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, who wasn't involved in the new research.

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