What is the difference between Macushield and Macushield Gold? My husband has macular degeneration - the relatively benign form - and I don't understand which is the best product for him. His optician recommended Lutein.
Macushield and Macushield Gold both contain 10mg of Lutein.
Macushield contains lutein (10mg), zeaxanthin (2mg) and meso-zeaxanthin (10mg). Research has shown that these three antioxidants help to protect the macula.
Macushield Gold contains Lutein (10mg), Zeaxanthin (2mg) and Meso-Zeaxanthin (10mg) as well as Vitamin C (500mg), Vitamin E (400IU), Zinc (25mg) and Copper (2mg).
The extra vitamins contained in Macushield Gold plus the Lutein, Zeothanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin have been noted as an optimal nutrient combination by the AREDS study.
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a large scale study conducted to find out if the daily intake of certain vitamins and minerals could reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration.
The investigators found that participants who had been given the AREDS formulation were 25% less likely to develop advanced AMD than those who had originally been given a placebo during the trial.
Deciding on the right supplement can be tricky with so many variations out there. Your optician will normally recommend a product based on the level of macular degeneration noted.