When it comes to health, there’s nothing like an unexpected bonus. For example, you take up a low-glycemic lifestyle to promote healthy blood sugar, and weight just starts falling off.
And now a team of Chinese scientists may have revealed one of the best “bonuses” ever. Taking care of aging eyes may help you hold on to your mental edge.
One of the most famous – and best-studied – basic vision formulas was tested in a major study called “AREDS” – the Age-Related Eye Disease Study.
The basic AREDS formula is simple. It includes fairly high levels of vitamins C and E, Beta-carotene and zinc. Researchers also added a small amount of copper, because zinc can rob your body of this essential mineral. People who take this formula have a lower risk of a common cause of age-related vision loss.
Here’s the basic AREDS formula…
• 500 mg of vitamin C
• 400 International Units (IU) of vitamin E
• 15 mg of Beta-carotene
• 80 mgs of zinc oxide (zinc)
• 2 mg of cupric oxide (copper)
Now, a new review of scientific studies suggests this may also be a good way to promote a sharper mind. Here’s the story…
Three Chinese scientists searched through antioxidant studies published through October 2011. They focused on those relating to a common form of mental decline. Seven well-designed studies fit their requirements.
Compared the results of these studies revealed good news for your brain. Vitamin E, vitamin C and Beta-carotene are all linked to a lower risk of mental decline.
In fact, the studies showed vitamin E alone could cut your risk by nearly 25%.1
These studies only looked at dietary intakes… not supplement use. But I’ve found that natural supplements often yield similar results to nutrients from food. And I suspect that will be the case here as well.
Only zinc was missing from this review. And zinc has been controversial when it comes to mental decline. Studies have had mixed results.
But new research seems to show that zinc may play an important role in lowering your risk of mental decline.
Australian researchers recently discovered that zinc inhibits a key step in the formation of plaques that can build up on your brain cells.2 And these plaques are linked to a loss of mental capacity.
So the AREDS vision formula may be a perfect way to hold on to your mental edge, too.
It’s generally safe to take a vision formula along with your daily multivitamin. But talk to your doctor. Vitamin E is fat-soluble, so your body can’t flush out any excess.
Too much zinc may also be a concern. But the quantities found in multivitamins and a good vision formula usually aren’t too much to take on a daily basis.
I also recommend natural vitamins. Several studies have shown your body absorbs them more easily than synthetic vitamins.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Li, F.-J., et al, “Dietary Intakes of Vitamin E, Vitamin C, and β-Carotene, and Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease: A Meta- Analysis,” Journal of Alzheimers Disease. Apr 27. 2012; 31(2).
2 Duce, J.A., et al, “Iron-export ferroxidase activity of β-amyloid precursor protein is inhibited by zinc in Alzheimer’s disease,” Cell. Sep 17, 2010; 142(6): 857-867.