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A study reported by the Archives of Ophthalmology shows that vitamins C and E, beta carotene and zinc can reduce the risk of age related blindness. Frederick Ferris of the National Eye Institute stated that 250,000 Americans would be saved from blindness or age-related macular degeneration (AMD) if they took these supplements.Over 7 million Americans suffer this condition. 6 million have moderate AMD with almost 2 million people with advance stage.
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The study group was comprised of 4,757 people between the ages of 55 and 80 years old. They were separated into 4 groups. One receiving zinc, the next receiving antioxidants, the next receiving antioxidants and zinc and the last group receiving a placebo. The antioxidants consisted of 500 milligrams of vitamin C, 400 IU (international units) of vitamin E, 15 milligrams of beta carotene and 80 milligrams of zinc oxide (given with copper to reduce anemia).