Macular Degeneration – Researchers discovers link with Zinc

Macular Degeneration – Researchers discovers link with Zinc

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[Best Syndication] Researchers found that eye tissue samples from patients that have age-related macular degeneration (AMD) had deposits that contained a large amount of zinc. The research was published in the journal, Experimental Eye Research.

The researchers point out that zinc supplements are often used to boost weakened immune systems. Another study from the National Eye Institute, conducted in 2001, found that high amounts of zinc along with antioxidants slowed the progression of blindness.

The researchers were prompted to study the deposits for zinc levels because Alzheimer’s disease as well as Parkinson’s disease have found zinc in these plaque deposits. The researchers thought it could be possible that AMD was also related to excess zinc in the deposits. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in the United States and affects around 13 million Americans.

While zinc has been shown to be beneficial for the immune systems and in certain cases slow down the progression of blindness, the researchers believe that more research should be conducted to determine why excessive levels of zinc was found in the deposits and potentially find new understanding for this disease.

“We now know that we need to take a closer look at the role zinc plays in the development of AMD,” said Mason graduate psychology student Katherine Cano. “We believe this finding will help us unlock other answers to the mystery of treating this disease.”

By Mark Barone
Best Syndication News Health Writer

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