I’ve been taking Areds for several years because my oldest brother had developed macular degeneration in his right eye. I’m now 80 and haven’t developed it so far. Out of 6 children, he has been the only one to have developed it. My older sister is soon to be 91 and has good eye health.
I've had my 90+Dad on these since he was diagnosed with macular degeneration. His shots in eye rapidkyy decreased from monthly to 10-14 weeks. Happy!!
Extremely satisfied with availability and delivery.
Been using this product for at least 8 years. Can't be without it. see title above. His ophthalmologist highly approved of it.
I reordered because I feel the AREDS+ Gold Formula is really helping. A few years ago I was diagnosed with AMD & have been using other ARED products but I find this is keeping it under control. I was also have been experiencing detached retinas in both eyes that cannot be repaired with surgery since 1994.
Does VisiVite AREDS2 Plus Gold Eye Vitamin Formula contain any fish oil?
The National Eye Institute's AREDS2 trial, published in the May 2013 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, found that Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) did not slow the course of moderate and severe macular degeneration. As a result, VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Gold formula does not contain fish oil.
Does this formula contain gluten? I have celiac disease so I must avoid all gluten.
All VisiVite formulas are gluten-free.
Is this still recommended for smokers as the Green Formula was?
Yes. Without beta-carotene, VisiVite AREDS2 Plus+ Formula can be taken by smokers and non-smokers.
What type of capsules are these, hard, gel caps? Are there other ways to take them other than just swallowing them?
VisiVite AREDS2 Plus Gold Formula is not made using gel caps. "Gel caps" are made using animal gelatin, while this premier natural formula is made using veggie capsules. If you have difficulty swallowing, you can pull the capsules apart and empty the contents into a cold beverage or cold soft food.
I have heard that the bioavailibility of cupric oxide (copper) is questionable. Mainly that it is unable to be absorbed by the gut. Can you please clarify? So many formulas out there and I am leaning towards this one especially since this can be taken by smokers. Thank you
The Nutritional Division of the United States Food and Drug Administration states that different forms of zinc and copper are not absorbed better than any other and that there is no proof to the contrary, despite the heavy marketing that other companies do. Zinc oxide and cupric oxide were the forms used by the United States National Eye Institute in both the AREDS and AREDS2 research.
I just received my first two bottles of the AREDS2 Plus Gold formula - what can you tell me about the zeaxanthin in the formula - what is it derived from, etc. I am switching over to you folks from Life Extension Foundation - you seem to have a better eye formula - thank you
The zeaxanthin is derived from paprika.
Can you continue to take a daily multi-vitamin along with this product?
Yes, you can. Our Sight for Life auto-subscription plan actually provides you with Free Co-Defense multivitamins with every quarterly shipment. If interested, contact customer service at 1-800-427-7660, Ext 2.
Why is there only half the amount of zinc compared with Preservision Areds 2? What is L-Glutathione? What are the long term effects of using these mega doses of vitamins, etc? How about discount coupons (codes)?
The National Eye Institute's AREDS2 research demonstrated no difference in efficacy when comparing 25 mg zinc versus 80 mg zinc daily. VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is made with 40 mg zinc oxide for maximum effect while maintaining the highest tolerability. Glutathione is produced naturally in the body, as well as being found in fruits and vegetables, and is a powerful antioxidant involved in many processes in the body, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins needed in the body, and for the immune system. Both AREDS and AREDS2 were considered long-term studies that demonstrated real and consistent benefits of taking high dose supplements without long-term detrimental effects. Other studies with lesser dosages have failed to show benefit for macular health. All current customers are advised of special pricing on products by email, which come up from time to time, while everyday discounts are available for all visitors at http://www.visivite.com/cheap-discount-deal.html.
Is there anything in this product that could cause me to get problems with my breathing as i have asthma
VisiVite products have very high tolerability due to their natural ingredient sources and vegetarian capsules. There has never been a report of any VisiVite products causing any breathing problems in people with asthma.
What can I expect when I take this Vitamin? What should I look for?
The goal for all macular degeneration vitamins is to slow or halt the progression of the condition. However, eye supplements are not drugs, and by FDA law are therefore unable to claim that they cure, prevent, or treat any disease.
What do you mean about Allergens: no egg, no milk, And how fast does your shipping takes to USA? Thank you.
Nutritional supplements are required by law to list specific allergens, if they are present. VisiVite chooses to list that it contains NO ALLERGENS. Shipping to USA locations by Priority Mail, the method that we recommend for most customers, takes 3-6 business days.
Does the Gold Forumla cause less stomach upset than ARED2?
VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula has 99.8% tolerability, due to its naturally-sourced ingredients and clear vegetarian capsules.
Vit. E and Selenium together cause problems with increased prostate cancer. Why is Selenium still used here?
Actually, it's exactly the opposite. The study showed reduced risk of prostate cancer when Vitamin E and selenium were taken concomitantly. See http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104493 which showed, " Compared with placebo, the absolute increase in risk of prostate cancer per 1000 person-years was 1.6 for vitamin E, 0.8 for selenium, and 0.4 for the combination."
What size are the capsules and can they be opened? My husband cannot swallow large pills and gel caps.
They are size 00 capsules. You may open the capsules and put the powder into juice or apple sauce.
Do these contain beta carotene?
All of VisiVite's AREDS2 formulas, including VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula, contain NO beta carotene.
Does this product good for a totally vegetarian? Does it contents anything that comes from animal?
VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS Gold Formula is completely vegetarian, including FloraGLO Lutein from marigolds and OmniXan Zeaxanthin from paprika. Unlike most ocular supplements that are made with glue-binded tablets or gelatin capsules, VisiVite capsules are made with VCaps Plus premium vegetarian capsules.
How many days supply is one bottle?
60 capsules are in each bottle of VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula, which is a 1 month supply. Take two capsules daily together or in divided doses.
Being female, I don\'t need the selenium. Or do I? What is it good for?
Selenium, which is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection.
Are these capsules free of any potassium? I have renal disease and I need to contral my potassium intake . My eye Dr. said I have very early stages of macular degeneration. Is it OK to use these capsuls if your eyes are not real bad?
They are potassium-free and contain ingredients listed by the FDA is GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe). You can read more about GRAS at http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/GRAS/.
Why does your formula contain only half the zinc and copper compared to the AREDS 2 formula?
VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS Gold Formula provides the ingredients proven in AREDS2 to provide the maximum benefit and the lowest side effects. Among many evaluations, AREDS2 compared 25 mg and 80 mg of daily zinc and found no significant difference. The National Eye Institute quotes the following on the page https://www.nei.nih.gov/news/pressreleases/050513: "...lowering zinc to the AREDS formulation also had no effect on AMD progression." Furthermore, the first AREDS reported higher genitourinary side effects with 80 mg of daily zinc.
Which capsule is best for a former smoker?
VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is our best-selling macular health formula, and like all VisiVite AREDS2 formulas, is free of beta-carotene and is thus safe for smokers.
Does this formula have taurine?
The complete list of ingredients may be seen by clicking the supplement facts image on the product page.
My mom was diagnosed with dry AMD half a year ago. I sent her 6 months supply of AREDS2 Plus+. Her eye doctor (it\'s in Russia) approved the vitamins, but said to take it for 3 months and then have a 6 months break. Does it make sense? She also has diabetes type two, but I am not sure what medicine she takes. Thank you.
The United States National Eye Institute recommends taking AREDS2 supplements continuously -without any break - for people with dry macular degeneration.
What multiple vitamin would be safe to take with the areds 2 plus gold eye vitamin?
Co-Defense is a multivitamin uniquely formulated for patients who take macular degeneration supplements based upon the National Eye Institute's Age Related Eye Disease Study. See this page: http://www.visivite.com/vicota100day.html
Why does your formula contain only half the copper compared to the AREDS 2 formula?
AREDS2 showed there was no difference between 80 mg zinc and 25 mg zinc. This formula contains 40 mg zinc for maximal effect and minimum side effects. The copper has no benefit for macular degeneration, but is there only to prevent zinc-induced anemia. For 40 mg zinc, the proper amount of copper is 1 mg.
is areds 2 plus gold eye formula the correct one for ex smokers to take.this is what i am taking now
VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula contains no beta-carotene, and is therefore safe for smokers and former smokers.
Can capsule be opened and contents put in applesauce for those who have trouble swallowing?
All VisiVite macular degeneration formulas with the exception of ProVison may be opened and the contents emptied into food or drink.
Hi I live in BC Canada-my eye doctor recommended vitalux for some fine drusen with some mottling on my right eye - saw this product - is it better than vitalux- I have IBS at times & have sensitivities to gluten, wheat, milk
VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula exceeds the National Eye Institute's newest recommendations for macular degeneration, with 50% more Lutein and 138% more Zeaxanthin than AREDS 2. With natural ingredients and vegetable capsules, VisiVite AREDS 2 Gold is very well tolerated. For Canadian orders, click the light green International Checkout button after you've added your items to the order basket.
I am allergic to soy. WHY would you say \'No Soy\" in bold type on your website when there is soy oil in the AREDS 2 supplements? I know you mention the exception, but the NO SOY is much more prominent. I accidentally purchased a bottle and am SO glad I read the label and didn\'t take one. Is there a an AREDS 2 supplement with NO soy?
While most other manufacturers' AREDS 2 supplements contain soy, but there is NO SOY in VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula, or in any other VisiVite AREDS 2 supplements. There are also no artificial colors or synthetic fillers in any of our products. VisiVite's natural approach to eye health remains the primary reason that our AREDS 2 supplements are the preferred choice of thousands of people with macular degeneration.
How many capsules in bottle?
60 vegetarian capsules (one month supply)
Why is the Blue formula double the amount of lutein and Zeaxanthin than in the Gold formula? Also, should I be taking meso-zeaxanthin as well and if so do you have a product that includes that?
There is more lutein, zinc and copper in VisiVite E-Free Blue Formula to make up for the removal of Vitamin E. VisiVite formulas do not contain the chemical byproduct, meso-zeaxanthin. Meso-zeaxanthin is actually not made from Zeaxanthin, but is manufactured from Lutein oleoresin via a harsh chemical extraction process known as saponification from fats and lye. Because Meso-zeaxanthin is not present in the diet and did not exist as a supplement prior to 1994, it has not been recognized by either the FDA or FTC as a legal dietary supplement.
Want to know if this will have any interaction with any of other supplements i am taking. I have been dx early stages of Macular I am due to do another test to compare .. Its been 2 years and am anxious in the progress. my mother had macular both eyes so it is in the family.
For patients who take Coumadin (warfarin), we recommend VisiVite AREDS2 E-Free Formula. Otherwise, there are no known interactions for VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS+ Gold Formula.
where is visivite - 2 AREDS produced?
All VisiVite formulas are manufactured in a GMP/NSF certified facility in the USA.
What is the major difference between VisiVite Blue and Gold Formulas?
Blue has no Vitamin E.
I am taking areds 2 for wet macular and smoke about less than half a pack of cigarettes. Is it safe for me to take this. Thank you
Because it contains the preferred carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, rather than beta-carotene, VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula may be taken by smokers.
Is the Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) corn free?
What does Vitamin E 1333% DV mean?
Like most of the AREDS2 components, ingredients are provided in much higher dosages than the minimum Daily Value (DV). These amounts have been studied in thousands of patients.
I need a product for wet macular degeneration.
There is some evidence that nutritional supplements lengthen the time between wet macular degeneration treatments. However, no supplement has been shown to reduce or eliminate wet macular degeneration. If the wet macular degeneration is only in one eye, it is critical to take an AREDS 2 supplement to reduce the chances for the unaffected eye transitioning to the wet form. VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is VisiVite's most potent and popular eye vitamin supplement.
I am seriously allergic to shellfish, will this product suit me?
VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is completely vegetarian, without any shellfish.
A 2010 comparison said that the Visivite Plus Formula was the MOST COMPLETE FORMULA FOR NON-SMOKERS. You have now changed the formula twice and it no longer contains beta-carotene. Why do you not offer the MOST COMPLETE FORMULA FOR NON-SMOKERS any more?
The National Eye Institute's AREDS 2 research concluded two negatives pertaining to high doses of beta-carotene: 1) As a carotenoid, beta-carotene competed with the more desirable carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin for absorption and effect. Patients who took beta-carotene actually absorbed less lutein and zeaxanthin into the bloodstream. and 2) Beta-carotene, in high doses, increased the risk of lung cancer, even in non-smokers and people who hadn't smoked in more than one year. Therefore, beta-carotene has been removed from all VisiVite AREDS 2 formulas.
What is the size of the capsule?
The capsules are size 00. For more information about capsule sizing, see https://capsuleconnection.com/capsule-sizing-info/. For people with difficulty swallowing, VisiVite Gold's vegetarian capsules can be readily opened and the powdered contents put into food or drink.
MY HUSBAND ALREADY HAS MACULAR. HOW WOULD THIS WORK FOR HIM,HE USES A MAGNIFYING GLASS TO READ AND NEEDS LIGHT.
The goal for any macular degeneration supplement, including the popular VisiVite Gold Formula, is to halt the progress of macular degeneration. Unfortunately, AREDS 2 eye vitamins cannot reverse vision loss. Because VisiVite Gold is a nutritional and not a prescriptive product, the FDA requires that you are aware that it is required to have the following disclaimer: "These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease."
Hi is this particular product okay for people who are smokers (does it not have beta carotene) and is it okay for folks that have enlarged prostates? Thank You
VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold contains no beta-carotene. Additionally, it contains 200 mcg of Selenium, which is not only a strong antioxidant, but also offers health benefits for prostates when combined with Vitamin E. https://blog.visivite.com/2014/09/27/vitamin-e-and-selenium-help-amd-and-prostate-but-not-cataracts/
I already take a multivitamin plus selenium 200mcg . IS the Gold formula best for me with the selenium dosage?
We would recommend our preferred combination: VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold and VisiVite Co-Defense Multivitamins. Co-Defense is a potent, well-rounded mutlivitamin, with high quantities of water soluble B vitamins, while avoiding duplication with our macular degeneration formula ingredients.
What are the side effects?
VisiVite AREDS 2 PLUS+ Gold Formula is very well tolerated by more than 99% of users. For users who get stomach upset from the vegetarian capsules, they can be opened and the powder put into food or drink.
The products of VisiVite AREDS2 PLUS + Gold Formula suggests 2 pcs/daily and VITAMIN E DAILY 400mg/pc , that means 800mg/per daily, Will it be too much of Vitamin E?
The dosages listed are for 2 capsules daily. There are 400 IU of natural Vitamin E in 2 capsules, or 200 IU Vitamin E per capsule.
Why doesn't this formula have meso-zeaxanthin?
Meso-zeaxanthin is actually not made from Zeaxanthin, but is manufactured from Lutein oleoresin via a harsh chemical extraction process known as saponification from fats and lye. Because meso-zeaxanthin is not present in the diet and did not exist as a supplement prior to 1994, it has not been recognized by either the FDA or FTC as a legal dietary supplement.