New research has shown that adding omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to common vitamins does not provide additional protection against the underlying causes of vision problems in older adults. According to the latest statistics, millions of older people are prone to macular degeneration . It is the leading cause of blindness around the world and is expected to double in the number of people with macular degeneration over the next 20 years . Previous research has shown that a combination of antioxidants vitamins C, E, beta-carotene and zinc can help reduce vision problems.
Scientists have made the assumption that more antioxidants would increase the body’s defenses and prevent loss of vision. To study this theory, a study was conducted, which examined more than 4000 patients aged 50 to 85 years, whose diet was supplemented with the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin , and omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA antioxidants.
The results of the study refuted this assumption. However, scientists believe that the negative results obtained may be due to insufficient dosage, insufficient duration of vitamin intake, or the influence of both of these factors.