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Which supplements should I take for healthy eyes and vision?

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Before you ask your doctor about taking mega-doses of vision supplements, take a look at the multivitamin you're taking now. You'll probably find you're already taking several of the following nutrients for healthy eyes. If not, look for these nutrients, in at least these amounts, when you buy a multivitamin or supplement:

  • Vitamin C, 250 mg
  • Vitamin E, 200 mg
  • Beta-carotene, 5,000 IU
  • Zinc, 25 mg
  • Zeaxanthin, 500 mcg
  • Selenium, 100 mcg
  • Lutein, 10 mg
  • Calcium, 500 mg
  • Thiamin, 2 mg
  • Folic acid, 800 mcg
  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids (including flaxseed oil), 2,000-3,000 mg
  • N-acetyl cysteine, 100 mg
  • Alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg

If you can't find a single product that contains all or most of these nutrients, they are available individually.

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