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What is the difference between Macushield and Macushield Gold?

What is the difference between Macushield and Macushield Gold? My husband has macular degeneration - the relatively benign form - and I don't understand which is the best product for him. His optician recommended Lutein.

Optician’s answer

Macushield and Macushield Gold both contain 10mg of Lutein. 

Macushield contains lutein (10mg), zeaxanthin (2mg) and meso-zeaxanthin (10mg). Research has shown that these three antioxidants help to protect the macula.

Macushield Gold contains Lutein (10mg), Zeaxanthin (2mg) and Meso-Zeaxanthin (10mg) as well as Vitamin C (500mg), Vitamin E (400IU), Zinc (25mg) and Copper (2mg).

The extra vitamins contained in Macushield Gold plus the Lutein, Zeothanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin have been noted as an optimal nutrient combination by the AREDS study.

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) was a large scale study conducted to find out if the daily intake of certain vitamins and minerals could reduce the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration. 
The investigators found that participants who had been given the AREDS formulation were 25% less likely to develop advanced AMD than those who had originally been given a placebo during the trial.

Deciding on the right supplement can be tricky with so many variations out there. Your optician will normally recommend a product based on the level of macular degeneration noted.