Macula 2® EYE SUPPLEMENTS
Preservative-free, gluten-free supplements— specifically developed for maintaining optimum eye health.
MACULA 2® products have been specifically formulated to delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, and to help treat dry eye. Manufactured in British Columbia, they are 100% Canadian. All are preservative-free and gluten-free.
Both of our MACULA 2® OMEGA-3 products contain the three essential long-chain fatty acids, including DPA, which improves absorption of EPA and DHA and is 10 times more effective in repairing damaged blood vessels.
MACULA 2® ESSENTIALS AREDS 2 Plus contains the lutein, zeaxanthin, flaxseed oil, vitamin D3, and every nutrient required for optimum eye health. This supplement can also be used as a daily multi-vitamin, and exceeds the recommended findings of the AREDS 2 Study, the Vision Institute Of Canada, the LAST Trial (Lutein Antioxidant Supplementation Trial), and Health Canada.
MACULA 2® ESSENTIALS AREDS 2 PLUS IS A PROFESSIONAL PRODUCT THAT MEETS THE STANDARDS OF THE AREDS 2 STUDY, WITH DOCUMENTED IMPROVEMENTS. AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY THROUGH SELECT EYE CLINICS OR PROMED DIRECTLY. NOT FOR SALE IN PHARMACIES OR RETAIL OUTLETS.
WHAT IS AREDS? AND WHY “AREDS 2 PLUS”?
The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS 1&2) are major clinical trials sponsored by the National Eye Institute. The AREDS studies were designed to learn more about the natural history and risk factors of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts and to evaluate the effect of vitamins on the progression of these eye diseases. The AREDS studies have shown that certain vitamins can slow the progression of intermediate to advanced AMD.
AREDS 2 PLUS is added to the ESSENTIALS name due to improvements made to the formulation after extensive research, enhancing AREDS.
INGREDIENTS, BASED ON THE RECOMMENDED DOSAGE OF 2 SOFTGELS PER DAY
VITAMIN C – 500 mg
SELENIUM – 10 mcg
ZINC – 20 mg
COPPER – 2 mg
LUTEIN – 20 mg
ZEAXANTHIN – 2 mg
VITAMIN D3 – 1200 IU
FLAXSEED OIL – 800 mg
MESO-ZEAXANTHIN – Natural occurring (see below)
ADDITIONAL FORMULATION INSIGHTS:
One of the most important carotenoids (antioxidants) that is deposited in the macula (the most sensitive part of the retina). MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS contains double the amount of lutein recommended in the AREDS 2 study. This also helps supply meso-zeaxanthin (another carotenoid) naturally converted from lutein.
800 mg has been added. Very rich in B complex, flaxseed oil also supplies an abundance of vitamins and minerals, important in aiding eye and overall health.
Critical to the formulation and to all of us.
There is a serious deficiency, especially for people with AMD.
80 mg per day during the AREDS study showed a significant increase of hospitalization for urinary tract challenges, raising the possibility that chronically high intake of zinc adversely affects some aspects of urinary physiology. Health Canada recommends an intake of 11 mg per day. MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS, with 20 mg, falls within a safe limit.
Levels of 400 IU and higher have shown to cause hemorrhaging and stroke and may also be of risk for an increase in prostate cancer. Health Canada recommends only 22 IU per day, which is easily obtainable through a normal diet. MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS has 10 IU of non-medicinal vitamin E, used in the soft gel manufacturing.
ALWAYS FOLLOW THE ADVICE OF YOUR DOCTOR.
MACULA 2 ESSENTIALS is also approved by Health Canada as a daily multi vitamin.