AMD patient says supplement containing marigold extracts restored vision

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The UK’s Daily Mail (12/11) reports that retired UK optician Harry Marsland, who suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), “could be the first person in the UK to have recovered from” that “devastating condition.” Since he began taking 2 mg daily of “a food supplement containing marigold extracts” in early 2007, Marsland says that “he is driving a car again, reads without a magnifier, and has near-perfect vision in the affected eye.” The Daily Mail explains that the “vitamin supplement, called Macushield,” costs £150 (approximately $245) for a year’s supply, and “is not available on the NHS.”
The UK’s Telegraph (12/11, Wardrop) points out that the supplement taken by Marsland “contains lutein, found in spinach, and zeaxanthin, the yellow pigment found in corn,” as well as “mesozeaxanthin, derived from marigolds.” Marsland claims to “have recovered 95 percent of the sight in” his left eye.

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3 Responses

  1. A supplement of meso-zeaxanthin may bolster macular pigment optical density (MPOD), according to researchers from Florida International University (Nutr Metab. 2007;4:12) (DOI:10.1186/1743-7075-4-12). Lutein and zeaxanthin have been the primary focus of research trials exploring how the xanthophyll carotenoids can support macular pigment and possibly prevent onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Meso-zeaxanthin is the third major carotenoid found in macular pigment.

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  2. Along with the benefits to eye health that lutein is known to provide new research has shown another benefit. A study recently completed at Harvard by Dr. Salvador Gonsalez concludes that it can protect us from UVB light. This is the type of light which causes sunburn and skin cancer.

  3. What’s up, I just started reading this blog – thanks for writing. Just wanted to let you know that it’s not showing up correctly on the BlackBerry Browser (I have a Storm). Anyway, I’m now subscribed to the RSS feed on my home PC, so thank you!

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