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Frequently Asked Questions

I am a smoker. Should I take Lipotriad?

Lipotriad Visionary is safe for smokers because it contains no beta-carotene (Vitamin A).  Use of beta-carotene has been associated with an increased risk of lung cancer in people who smoke or who have been exposed to asbestos.¹  

¹Tanvetyanon T, Bepler G. Beta-carotene in multivitamins and the possible risk of lung cancer among smokers versus former smokers: a meta-analysis and evaluation of national brands. Cancer. 2008 Jul 1;113(1):150-7. doi: 10.1002/cncr.23527. PMID: 18429004.

I am lactose intolerant or allergic to peanuts, are these in any Lipotriad products?

No, All Lipotriad vitamins are free of yeast and milk products, so there should not be a problem for lactose intolerant consumers. It is also free of any nuts ingredients.

What are lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene?

Lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene belong to a family of nutrients known as carotenoids. Carotenoids are made by plants and are especially enriched in green leafy vegetables. They can be stored in animal tissues and are found at relatively low levels in animal food products. In the body, beta-carotene is used to make Vitamin A, which is required by the retina to detect light and convert it into electrical signals. Beta-carotene itself is not found in the eye. In contrast, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in the retina and lens, where they may act as natural antioxidants and help absorb damaging, high-energy blue and ultraviolet light.²

²Van Der Hagen AM, Yolton DR, Karninski MS, Yolton RL. Free Radicals and Antioxidant Supplementation: A Review of Their Roles in Age-Related Macular Degeneration. J Am Optom Assoc 1993; 64:871-878.

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are made by marine algae and enriched in fish oils; they are believed to be responsible for the health benefits associated with regularly eating fish, including lower rates of cardiovascular disease. The AREDS2® study focused on the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and its precursor EPA. DHA is needed for the integrity of the retinal cells, and has been shown to promote retinal development and repair in prior studies.

    Can I take a daily multivitamin if I am taking one of the AREDS® formulations?

    Yes. The AREDS® formulation is not a substitute for a multivitamin. In the AREDS® trial, two-thirds of the study participants took multivitamins along with the AREDS® formulation. In AREDS2®, almost nine of ten participants took multivitamins.

    Can a daily multivitamin alone provide the same vision benefits as an AREDS formulation?

    No. The vitamins and minerals tested in the AREDS® and AREDS2® trials were provided in much higher doses than what is found in multivitamins. Also, it is important to remember that most of the trial participants took multivitamins. Taking an AREDS® formulation clearly provided a benefit over and above multivitamins.

    Can diet alone provide the same high levels of antioxidants and zinc as the AREDS® formulations?

    No. The high levels of vitamins and minerals are difficult to achieve from diet alone.  In the AREDS2® trial, the people who seemed to benefit most from taking lutein/zeaxanthin were those who did not get much of these nutrients in their diet.

    Are there any other side effects or risks from taking the AREDS® formulations?

    Many older Americans take prescription medications, and a considerable number use over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, and herbal medicines. High-dose supplemental nutrients can sometimes interfere with medications and compete with other vital nutrients for absorption into the body. Individuals who are considering taking an AREDS® formulation should discuss this with their primary care doctors and/or eye care professionals.

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    Last updated: May 2013

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