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How does VisiVite work?
Macular Degeneration treatment was evaluated in the
Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), a major study sponsored by the
Eye Institute, one of the Federal governments National Institutes of Health, and
conducted at 11 major medical center research facilities around the country. In that
study, ingredients that are identical to those in
VisiVite Original Formula
were found to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those patients
with intermediate or advanced disease. It is believed that the anti-oxidants
and Zinc promote the continued health of the retina and tissues surrounding
ground-breaking study, newer research points to the benefit of high-dose
Lutein when taken concomitantly with the large quantities of anti-oxidants
from the AREDS study in patients with macular degeneration.
Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial (LAST) was
the first study to show visual improvement in patients with dry macular
degeneration. And cutting-edge research has now demonstrated that a compound
called Zeaxanthin may
be just as important as Lutein. All VisiVite
i-Defense Formulas contain
FloraGLO brand Lutein, the most highly desired natural form of Lutein
available. VisiVite i-Defense
also contain OPTISHARP brand Zeaxanthin.
How are VisiVite
formulas different from other
Patients often confuse taking low-dose multiple vitamins, such
as Centrum Silver or One-A-Day, as being beneficial in treating their
The levels of supplement are much higher in VisiVite Formulas than in other
vitamin supplements. Additionally, VisiVite contains only those substances that were scientifically
proven to promote retinal health.
Can I take other vitamins with
If you are taking individual supplements of Vitamins A, C,
or E, it is recommended that you obtain the necessary quantities of those vitamins from
the VisiVite alone. If, however, you take a multi-vitamin, such as Centrum, you can
continue to take that. In fact, approximately half of the patients in the AREDS study
continued to take their multi-vitamins. Importantly, there was no difference in outcome
between those patients taking high dose supplements alone compared with those taking high
dose supplements combined with their normal
Will VisiVite interfere with my other
While it is unlikely that the ingredients found in
VisiVite will interfere with your other prescription medications, you should notify your
primary physician before taking large-dose supplements.
Why are there multiple VisiVite formulas?
Formula duplicates the ingredients in the National Eye Institute's Age
Related Eye Disease Study. But Lutein was not available at the time of that
study, and is found in VisiVite i-Defense
Beta-carotene was shown in two large studies to increase the risk of lung
cancer in smokers. Therefore, VisiVite i-Defense
contain no Beta-carotene for people who have habitually smoked within the
past 20 years.. Finally, only VisiVite
contain additional Zeaxanthin.
How should VisiVite
All VisiVite Formulas are taken as one capsule twice daily. It is important to continue
to take VisiVite continuously. The AREDS study required a follow-up of 6 years to
demonstrate clinical efficacy.
What is the policy
of the FDA with respect to VisiVite?
VisiVite Formulas are considered vitamin supplements, and not drugs, and therefore cannot claim clinical effectiveness in treating a particular disease.
Where Can I Get
National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health