Doctor’s Advantage Products, LLC, (“Doctor’s Advantage”) would like to update you regarding product modifications with two of our products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin. As you know, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (“AREDS 2”) showed that a daily nutritional supplement containing a unique formulation of high-dose ingredients can possibly slow the progression of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (“ARMD”) and may even reduce the risk of developing advanced ARMD.
Our macular degeneration products, Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin both contain AREDS 2 ingredients. The AREDS 2 study also analyzed the ingredient zinc between dosages of 25 mg and 80 mg. Currently, our products contain 80 mg of zinc. The AREDS 2 study revealed that 25 mg of zinc may be as beneficial as 80 mg of zinc. Other studies suggest that certain side effects may occur with high dose zinc supplementation, which include the following:
Urinary Tract: High levels of zinc may cause urinary tract complications, according to the National Institute of Health. For example, high doses of zinc have been shown to cause complications such as urinary tract infections and/or urinary retention. It can also cause an increase in calcium build-up which leads to painful kidney stones.
Chest pain / Heart Problems: Zinc supplements have been shown to cause heartburn and indigestion. Chest pain may also be related to high dose zinc supplementation. Zinc can also interfere with medication for cholesterol management and even causing lowering of HDL (good) cholesterol levels.
Diabetes: High doses of zinc can lower blood sugar in people diagnosed with Diabetes.
Accordingly, Doctor’s Advantage is reducing the zinc levels in both Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin from 80 mg to 25 mg. Copper, which is added to these products in order to further minimize any side effects of high dose zinc supplementation, is also being reduced in both Macular Shield and Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin from 2 mg to 1 mg.
Doctor’s Advantage has also decided to further enhance one of our products, Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin nutritional supplement. We are happy to announce that in addition to the modifications already stated, we are also making the following product changes:
Addition of Magnesium 50 mg and Grape Seed Extract 25 mg.
Increasing Bilberry to 25 mg and Co-Enzyme Q10 to 1 mg.
Remember, Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin is both a macular degeneration nutritional supplement and a daily vitamin. This eliminates the need to add an additional daily vitamin like Centrum Silver, unless further supplementation is required by your doctor. You will be covered for both your daily vitamin and vision needs when you solely take Macular Shield plus Complete Multivitamin as directed.
In good health,