Zinc May Adversely Affect Some People Taking AREDS 2 Supplements
Studies suggest that in 15% of people who have specific complement factor risk alleles, the mineral zinc may negate the benefits of other crucial macular-supportive ingredients in preventing the progression from dry to wet macular degeneration. Testing for CFH alleles is performed in a doctor's office.
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