Nicotinamide, a form of vitamin B3, can inhibit aggressive cell transformations during wound healing and may be key to the development of therapies to treat fibrotic eye diseases that impair vision, a new study has found.
A variety of specific micronutrients are required for maintaining and supporting the healthy functioning of the eyes. For example, nutrients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin, beta carotene, zinc, bioflavonoids, and vitamins A and C are essential for the proper functioning of cells in the retina (the thin layer of tissue at the back of each eye that converts light into signals which it sends to the brain), and the macula (the most sensitive spot at the center of the retina, which is responsible for central vision and color vision).
The optic nerve carries signals and light impulses from the retina to the brain. Nutrients such as the amino acid cysteine, vitamins C and E, and lipoic acid work together synergistically to protect the functions of this important nerve.
The blood vessels that supply blood and nourishment to the eyes are made of cells that require the amino acid arginine for contraction and relaxation, and vitamin C to ensure optimum collagen production for supporting blood vessel strength and integrity.
Vitamin C is also known to reduce ocular pressure in the eyes. However, the level of vitamin C in the eyes decreases naturally with age and requires daily supplementation.
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