September 2, 2014

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Where to Buy Vitamins

Multiple companies have claimed efficacy of their products in treating macular degeneration. However, to date, only two companies manufacture the exact macular degeneration vitamin formula as outlined in the Age Related Eye Disease Study (known as “AREDS”) published by the United States National Institutes of Health in October 2001.This study was widely accepted in the medical community as being the first and only study to prove true efficacy against this visually debilitating disease.

For which types of macular degeneration are the vitamin helpful?

The National Institutes of Health found that these vitamin were beneficial in cases of intermediate and severe macular degeneration, including both dry and wet forms.

What are the differences between Visivite Original AREDS and Preservision AREDS?

VisiVite Original AREDS Formula requires one capsule twice daily, whereas Preservision AREDS requires two tablets twice daily (four tablets total per day). Additionally, VisiVite offers a formula designed for people with a current or previous smoking history which does not contain Beta Carotene. Because of the increased risk of lung cancer, it is recommended that people with a smoking history do not ingest high levels of Beta-carotene.

Which vitamin do we recommend?

We do not recommend one manufacturer or the other. However, it is our goal to educate consumers that only certain ingredients have been PROVEN to of benefit in treating macular degeneration. Avoid purchasing vitamin that have unproven benefits, even when they sound convincing. Information comparing vitamin and their availability is listed below.

Macular Degeneration Table 1.0

Product Daily Capsules or Tablets required
Lowest Prices Found
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Comments Cost Per Year
VisiVite Original Formula 2 VisiVite.Com
Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Duplicates AREDS formula. $173.40
VisiVite i-Defense
Yellow Formula
2 VisiVite.Com
Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Based upon AREDS Formula. Reduced Zinc for improved tolerability. 10 mg of FloraGLO brand Lutein added. Made with Natural Vitamin E. $221.40
VisiVite i-Defense
Red Formula
2 VisiVite.Com
Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Most popular formula for smokers and former habitual smokers.
No Beta Carotene.Reduced Zinc for improved tolerability. 15 mg ofFloraGLO brand Lutein added. Made with Natural Vitamin E.

$221.40
VisVite i-Defense
Gold Formula
2 VisiVite.Com
Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Most complete formula for non-smokers.
Based on AREDS Formula. Reduced Zinc for improved tolerability. Adds 15 mg of FloraGLO brand Lutein and 4.75 mg of ZeaVision brand Zeaxanthin. Multiple additional anti-oxidants, including Bilberry, L-glutathione, Selenium, Alpha lipoic acid and Grape seed extract. Made with Natural Vitamin E.

$305.40
VisiVite i-Defense
Green Formula
2 VisiVite.Com
Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Most complete formula for smokers and former habitual smokers.
No Beta Carotene.Based on AREDS Formula. Reduced Zinc for improved tolerability. Adds 15 mg of FloraGLO brand Lutein and 4.75 mg of ZeaVision brand Zeaxanthin. Multiple additional anti-oxidants, including Bilberry, L-glutathione, Selenium, Alpha lipoic acid and Grape seed extract. Made with Natural Vitamin E.

$305.40
Preservision AREDS Tablets 4 Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Duplicates AREDS formula. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $207.35
Preservision AREDS Gelcaps 2 Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

AREDS Formula requires one gelcap twice daily. Unlike VisiVite Original Formula, uses Synthetic Vitamin E $203.88
Ocuvite 2 Amazon.Com Low dose formula. Does not meet AREDS criteria. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $179.88
Ocuvite Lutein 2 Amazon.Com Does not meet AREDS formula. Contains 6mg Lutein. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $143.88
Preservision Lutein 2 Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Substitutes 10 mg Lutein for Beta-carotene. Safe for Smokers. Uses Synthetic Vitamin E. $203.88
Viteyes AREDS 2 Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

South Dakota manufacturer of AREDS Formula. Requires two capsules daily. $159.60
ICaps AREDS Formula 4 Vision-Nutrition.Com
BestEyeVitamins.Com
Amazon.Com

Duplicates AREDS formula. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $203.88
ICaps Lutein and Zeaxanthin 2 Amazon.Com Does not meet AREDS formula. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $179.88
ICaps Original Formula 3 Amazon.Com Low dose formula marketed for general eye health and not for treatment of macular degeneration. Does not meet AREDS specifications. 20 day supply. Made with Synthetic Vitamin E. $95.88