Vitamins Lower Risk of Vision Loss: Study

B vitamins, folic acid shown to decrease macular degeneration
By Erin Mendell,  Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2009 4:03 PM CST
Macular degeneration is the most common cause of vision loss in older Americans.   (Shutterstock)
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(Newser) – Folic acid and two B vitamins lowered the risk of vision loss in middle-age women who took the supplements for several years as part of a study, the Boston Globe reports. The study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that the combination lowered the chances of age-related macular degeneration by 35-40%.

“Other than avoiding cigarette smoking, this would be the first identified means to reduce the risk of early age-related macular degeneration,” said a retina specialist who was not involved in the study. The doctor said further research based on the general population would have to confirm the findings.