|Trying to decide which macular degeneration vitamins to take?. Tozal are vitamins for macular degeneration developed by Dr. Edward Paul, a low vision specialist with a Ph.D. in nutrition. Dr. Paul's specialty is age-related macular degeneration (AMD).|
Dr. Edward Paul graduated from Southern College of Optometry and also holds a Ph.D. in nutritional medicine.
His interest in nutrition and eye disease lead to the development of TOZAL, a dietary supplement for the treatment and prevention of AMD.
He has served as professor of ophthalmology at three international medical schools and was chosen as one of “America’s Top Optometrists” by the Consumer’s Research Council. He is a Diplomate of the International Academy of Low Vision Specialists and the author of several books, including Prevent & Reverse Eye Disease
1. Why should a person consider taking macular degeneration vitamins? Isn't a good diet enough?
It is nearly impossible to get all of the nutrients needed for the prevention and treatment of AMD in a normal American diet.
For example, the average American consumes only between 1 and 2 mg. of lutein per day – considerably less than the 10-15 mg. per day recommended for patients with AMD.
In order to get 10 mg. of lutein per day, one would have to eat 3 cups of spinach - everyday! I recommend that my patients follow a diet that reduces carbohydrates, incorporates fresh, leafy green vegetables, and emphasizes lean protein -- including fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, mackerel).
However, the bottom line is that a good diet is not enough to fight AMD.
2. What should a person look for in selecting their macular degeneration vitamins, i.e ingredients, quality, amounts, natural, bioavailability, etc.?
AREDS2 is already an outdated formulation. Look for an eye vitamin that has incorporated the latest science and research.
TOZAL goes beyond the original AREDS and AREDS2 formulas and contains 7 nutrients not found in the AREDS2 formulation. While a dietary supplement, TOZAL is manufactured to pharmaceutical standards in a FDA approved facility.
We now know that vitamin D, B-Complex vitamins, and amino acids are all critical in not only stopping AMD but in preventing the conversion from dry to wet macular degeneration. There’s also mounting evidence that Omega-3 fatty acids in the TG form may enhance the efficacy of anti-VEGF injections. TOZAL contains all of these nutrients which are NOT found in AREDS or AREDS2.
3. What makes Tozal different from other macular degeneration vitamins, especially the AREDS and the AREDS2 vitamins?
TOZAL is the first vitamin to improve vision in patients with AMD.
In the original AREDS study we found that 27% of patients who took the formulation had a "slowing" in vision loss -- no one stabilized and no one improved. Similar results were found in the AREDS2 study using a different combination of nutrients.
In the TOZAL Study we found that 56% of patients who took TOZAL for six months experienced a statistically significant improvement in vision and another 21% stabilized -- resulting in 76% of patients either stabilizing or improving.
4. Who would benefit from taking Tozal?
I prescribe TOZAL therapeutically for all patients with dry macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration and as a preventive for patients over 55 who have a family history of AMD.
6. Is TOZAL only available as a prescription?
TOZAL was originally available as a Rx Medical Food. It is now categorized as a dietary supplement and can be purchased without a prescription directly from pharmacies (as “behind the counter”), from eye doctors, or directly from the manufacturer.
7. If someone wanted to start taking Tozal how would they go about getting it?
Patients can buy direct by going to www.MyTOZAL.com or by calling toll-free 1-866-752-6006. For readers of this column you can also get free shipping by entering code: FREE SHIP
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