Antioxidants and Best's Disease


Learn more about Best's Disease.

There is a great deal of research about antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamins and other nutrients to support macular health for a number of macular and retinal conditions but very little about Best's Disease specifically.

Nonetheless, it is felt that following a diet that includes fish, leafy greens, and a good variety of fruits and vegetables supports good vision. To this end, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin may be helpful. These nutrients also support the health of the retinal pigmentation layer of the eye where Best's disease has its roots.

This information comes from the Australian Macular Disease Foundation.

In a case study a researcher in an Ethopian eye hospital comments that because free radicals play a role in buildup of lipofuscin antioxidants which fight free radicals might be helpful. Lipofuscin is comprised of granules of yellowish brown fatty residues. It accumulates in the retinal pigment layer of the eye and with accumulation distorts the macula and damages vision.

This information came from Zelalem Addisu, Grarbet Eye Hospital, Ethiopia, 2012.