Citicoline gives eye health a lift

Citicoline gives eye health a lift

Powerful brain health nutrient may also be beneficial for eyes.

Citicoline is well known as a powerful brain health nutrient, and now is being counted as a supplement that may significantly slow the progression of visual acuity loss due to glaucoma.

Researchers at the Sao Paolo Hospital Eye Clinic at the University of Milan followed 41 patients with progressing glaucoma ­ a disease that damages the optic nerve and can lead to vision problems and blindness ­ over two years. The study targeted individuals with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), which is associated with increased eye pressure and a resulting loss of the vision field.

Participants were given an oral solution that contained 500 mg of citicoline, and the results were astounding: the mean rate of progression dropped dramatically compared to the two years prior to the study. The study also found that there was a statistically significant decrease in intraocular pressure. It is not conclusive that citicoline alone is responsible for the results; however supplementation with citicoline may be beneficial in overall brain and eye health.

This study was recently published online in Ophthalmologica, 2013 April 23:219-226.

Citicoline is a vital nutrient that helps the brain generate electrical impulses, care for healthy brain cells, and protect neurons from free radical damage. It supports memory and cognitive function, while aiding in the synthesis and maintenance of cell membranes.


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