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The Benefits of B Vitamins on Aging Eyes

B vitamins provide a number of health benefits.

Healthy lifestyle changes can have an incredible impact on the risk of developing health concerns. Eating right and exercising reduce the risk of issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. The AREDS 2 study proved that certain vitamins and minerals can positively affect aging eye health. Recent science has shown that certain B vitamins can also reduce the risk of developing age-related eye health issues.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B is essential for living a healthy life. There are 8 types of vitamins in the Vitamin B family, including:

  • Thiamin (B1)
  • Riboflavin (B2)
  • Niacin (B3)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Biotin (B7)
  • Folate (B9; folic acid)
  • Vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)

The specific B vitamins that are beneficial for age-related eye health issues are B6, folate, and B12.

Sources of B Vitamins

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, is necessary for the absorption of protein and carbohydrates and the creation of red blood cells and some brain chemicals. It can be found in meat, poultry, legumes, leafy green vegetables, fish, and shellfish.

Folate/Folic Acid

Folate, also known as B9, helps create red blood cells and rice be fortified with folic acid to help reduce the number of birth defects known as neural tube defects (NTDs). Since this change, the number of NTDs has decreased by 35%.

Vitamin B12

Cyanocobalamin, or B12, is important for the production and maintenance of the myelin, the fatty substance surrounding nerve cells that helps speed communication between cells. It’s also implicated in creating red blood cells and energy production via the breakdown of certain fatty acids and amino acids. Vitamin B12 can be found in almost anything that comes from animals, including meat, eggs, milk, and cheese.

Reducing the Risk of Age-Related Eye Health

These three B vitamins do their best work together. One randomized trial whose participants were women with a high risk of cardiovascular disease showed that supplementation with folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12 may reduce the risk of age-related eye health issues. Another study linked elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood with age-related eye health concerns, and vitamins B6 and B12 and folic acid help to reduce the level of this amino acid. With these impressive results in mind, it’s important to have a proactive eye health nutraceutical that includes these key nutrients.

The new & improved EyePromise Restore now includes these 3 B vitamins. Learn more about the best macular health formula for patients at risk for age-related eye health concerns.

 

Sources

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