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Study Finds That Vitamin D Supplements Could Provide Relief From Age-Related Diseases

January 17, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Vitamin D supplements might be a simple, effective way to fight age-related eye diseases – including macular degeneration – if a discovery in animal research translates to humans. British researchers found that when old mice were given vitamin D for only six weeks, inflammation in the eyes was reduced, along with the debris that accumulates as a result of the retina’s high demand for energy, and vision improved. The researchers also noticed in the vitamin D-treated mice ia reduction in deposits of a toxic molecule called amyloid beta that accumulates with age. They said this discovery may have implications for treatment of cardiovascular disease, another age-related health problem.
Lee V et al., "Vitamin D rejuvenates aging eyes by reducing inflammation, clearing amyloid beta and improving visual function", Neurobiology of Ageing, January 17, 2012, © Elsevier Inc.
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