Choosing the Right Supplement

Having read and digested all this information about AREDS and AREDS2, assuming you wish to take a supplement how do you then choose the most appropriate one?

You need to carefully look at the recommended daily doses and compare the ingredients. A lot of supplements will say they are “based on AREDS or AREDS2″ but this can be true, only up to a point. Key things to watch out for in an AREDS2 supplement are:

  • The correct ingredients
  • The correct dose of ingredients
  • Contains no other carotenoid (e.g. beta-carotene, meso-zeaxanthin, astaxanthin etc)

We have listed below some of the key supplements available in the UK and compared them to the formula recommended by AREDS2 (all of these are based on the recommended daily dose)* including the recommended retail price for a 30 day supply and the dose need to obtain the AREDS2 formula.

The first table shows those that exactly or most closely match the AREDS2 formula.

AREDS2® formula Viteyes® 2
SOFTGELS
Viteyes® 2
CAPSULES
Viteyes® 2
Advanced
Viteyes® 2
plus Omega 3
EyeBar®
MacuLEH® Macushield®
Gold
Vitamin C 500mg 500mg 500mg 500mg 500mg 500mg 500mg
Vitamin E 400IU 400IU 400IU 400IU 400IU 400IU 400IU
Lutein 10mg 10mg 10mg 10mg 10mg 10mg 10mg
Zeaxanthin 2mg 2mg 3.5mg 2mg 2mg 2mg 2mg
Zinc 25mg 25mg 25mg 25mg 25mg 25mg 25mg
Copper  
Contains no other carotenoids none none none none none meso-zeaxanthin x
Contains other ingredients not recommended by AREDS2 none mixed x Omega3 x none mixed x meso-zeaxanthin x
Dose and form 2 softgels
a day
2 capsules
a day
2 capsules a day 3 softgels a day 2 bars a day 3 softgels a day 3 softgels a day
RRP for 30 days supply £16.00 £18.00 £19.00 £19.99 £35.90 £29.99 £21.99

The following tables shows other supplements available in the UK.

AREDS2® formula Vitalux®
Omega
Visionace®
Retinex®
Preservision®
Lutein
Ocuvite®
Complete
Nutrof®
Total
Vitamin C 500mg 60mg x 150mg x - x 452mg x 180mg x 60mg x
Vitamin E 400IU 20mg x 60mg x - x 268mg x 30mg x 10mg x
Lutein 10mg 10mg 6mg x 10mg 10mg 10mg 10mg
Zeaxanthin 2mg 1mg x - x 2mg - x 2mg 2mg
Zinc 25mg 10mg x 15mg x - x 69.6mg 15mg x 10mg x
Copper   - x - x
Contains no other carotenoids none mixed x none none none none
Contains other ingredients not recommended by AREDS2 Omega3 x mixed x none none Omega3 x mixed x
AREDS2® formula Macusan® Lutein Eye
Complex®
Lagad®
Retina
ICaps®
EyeVit® Plus Eye Formula®
Plus
Vitamin C 500mg 60mg x 100mg x 40mg x 125mg x - x 250mg x
Vitamin E 400IU 13.2mg x 34mg x 12mg x 50mg x 15mg x 100IU x
Lutein 10mg 10mg 10mg 6mg x 10mg (L&Z) x 10mg 3mg x
Zeaxanthin 2mg 2mg - x 2mg 0.5mg x 1.5mg x
Zinc 80mg 5mg x 10mg x 10mg x 20mg x 10mg x 10mg x
Copper   - x - x - x
Contains no other carotenoids none mixed x astaxanthin x none beta-carotene x mixed x
Contains other ingredients not recommended by AREDS2 mixed x mixed x mixed x mixed x mixed x mixed x

Some of these products also contain additional ingredients (e.g. omega 3 EPA/DHA), or form part of a family which also contain additional ingredients. None of these additional ingredients have been demonstrated by AREDS2 to have an effect, but may be something you wish to consider for other health reasons.

You should be able to order these products by name in most pharmacies or opticians.

 

 

*All ingredients listed are correct to the best of our knowledge and we acknowledge all trademarks.