Study Proves Macular Health Dissolves up to Five and a Half Times Faster Than Many Competing AMD Vitamin Supplements

Dec 08, 2010, 09:43 ET from Macular Health

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a recent study, the Macular Health vitamin supplement dissolves up to five and a half times faster than other leading eye vitamin supplements. The study indicated that Macular Health, which slows the progression of vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), dissolves in 12 minutes, with competing brands taking up to 65 minutes to dissolve.

This news is important to macular degeneration sufferers because the US Pharmacopeia Committee of Revision (USP) recently set standards to test the ability of oral (by-mouth) nutrient delivery systems to disintegrate and dissolve in the human digestive tract. USP standards state that dietary supplements, such as Macular Health, should breakdown into their subcomponents within 15-30 minutes for the body to absorb the full amount of nutrients in the pill or tablet.  

According to Macular Health President Jeffrey McAnnally, "These tests proving how fast the Macular Health supplement is ingested are so important to macular degeneration sufferers because some patients may not only be wasting money on slow dissolving pills and tablets, they are also not getting the help they seek from these products to combat their vision loss from AMD."

Other recent tests, similar to the one just completed, have shown that a number of popular vitamins and supplements can take hours, or sometimes even days to dissolve – especially in the case of older adults.  Most studies show that only 5% to 10% of vitamin nutrients are absorbed from slow-to-dissolve pills and tablets.  Macular Health's unique capsule formulation is not only quick to dissolve; it is also easier for patients who have trouble swallowing tablets and pills.  The Macular Health capsule can be opened and the ingredients simply mixed with any liquid.  

The unique Macular Health formula has been proven effective for both short-term and long-term vision improvement in the Multifocal Electroretinogram (MERG) studies conducted at the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. MERG researchers reported that the study established benefits for people taking Macular Health, with an average of 16 percent improvement in retina function after only 12 weeks and a 17 percent overall improvement after two years of taking the Macular Health supplement.  

AMD is the leading cause of blindness in adults.  The condition, which is a breakdown of the macula of the eye, typically occurs during the aging process.  Damage of the macula, caused by AMD, increases the difficulty of seeing fine details clearly.  AMD can make activities such as reading, driving and threading a needle impossible.  The ability to see both near and far is hindered by AMD because damage to the macula causes blurriness and distortion of vision.  While there is no cure for AMD, Macular Health can help slow the progression of vision loss.

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