Is Zinc Good for Vision?

How much Zinc is too much? A simple test can remove the risk- You can find the test here: http://macularisk.com/– we are working diligently to get Medicare to cover this test.- MDA

Doctors have known for a long time that your vision won’t stay sharp if you’re not getting enough zinc. But a study in the Archives of Ophthalmology shows that getting too much zinc can damage your eyes.- Prevention

Is Zinc Good for Vision?

Zinc is essential for eye health. This mineral is also important for your immune system, brain, and other body parts. Babies who don’t get enough of it may not develop the way they should. A serious lack at any age can make you more likely to get an infection.

How Does It Help?

You have high levels of the mineral in your macula, part of the retina. Zinc helps vitamin A create a pigment called melanin, which protects your eye. Zinc may also help you see better at night.

Zinc supplements might lower your odds of getting age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a change in eyesight that comes with age.

How much do you need? The recommended amount of zinc is 8 milligrams per day for women; 11 milligrams per day for men.Are there any risks? Yes. Zinc can stop your body from absorbing copper. That’s why supplements that contain zinc usually have extra copper. You should get 2 milligrams per day of copper if you’re taking zinc supplements.Zinc can also stop some antibiotics from working the way they should. And it might give you an upset stomach. Talk to your doctor before you take zinc supplements.

What Foods Have Zinc?

  • Oysters (six) 76.3 milligrams
  • Beef (3 oz.) 5.2 milligrams
  • Lobster (3 oz.) 2.5 milligrams
  • Pork (3 oz.) 2.4 milligrams
  • Yogurt (1 cup) 1.5 milligrams