Cooper Complete® is more than a name, it’s an accurate description. Based on scientific research, each formulation contains the precise amount of vitamins and minerals listed on the label. As he did with exercise, Dr. Kenneth Cooper continues to push for the study and documentation of the effects of vitamin supplementation and we will enhance the Cooper Complete vitamin line based on the best and latest research. Our Eye Health formulation has been updated to reflect the overall body of scientific evidence.
For people with or at high risk for some eye conditions, such as age related macular degeneration (AMD), the right combination of supplements may help slow or prevent these conditions. For example, the National Eye Institute released findings from its follow-up to the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), AREDS2, which followed 4203 participants for 5-6 years. The participants were 50-85 years old and had drusen (an early indicator of macular degeneration) in both eyes or a large drusen in one eye with advanced AMD in the other eye. The findings, from the AREDS2 study, show that high doses of antioxidants vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 IU), 25 mg of zinc, and ingredients lutein and zeaxanthin reduced the risk of vision loss from AMD in people with intermediate AMD or advanced AMD in just one eye.
Eye Health Formulation Explained
Based upon these discoveries (and with the assumption that someone taking our Eye Health product is likely taking one of our multivitamin and mineral formulations), we added 350 mg vitamin C to the Eye Health formulation. When combined with the 150 mg in our Basic One multivitamin, the 500 mg level from the AREDS study is achieved. Vitamin E was also increased based upon the study results. Cooper Complete Eye Health contains 200 IU of vitamin E. When taken in conjunction with either Cooper Complete Original or Cooper Complete Basic One multivitamins, the 400 IU level from the AREDS2 study is achieved.
While zinc was a part of our original Eye Health formulation, we had just 10 mg and based upon the research, that amount has been increased to 25 mg. The study also included 2 mg copper to replace copper lost with zinc supplementation. Copper was added to Cooper Complete Eye Health based upon this recommendation.
We have always had lutein and zeaxanthin in our formulation and the AREDS2 study confirmed that people who took a formula with lutein and zeaxanthin showed further improvement. We use 10 mg FloraGlo® lutein (a natural lutein) and 2 mg of natural zeaxanthin to assure optimum quality of these key ingredients.
Lastly, we also removed Vitamin D from the formulation as the 200 IU was too small an amount to make a difference and we have high levels (2,000 IU) in our multivitamins.
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