Purpose: Beneficial effects of dietary supplements in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are related to antioxidative properties. In the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 1 (AREDS 1), a reduced progression to late stage AMD was found using vitamin C, E, zinc, and β-carotene. We showed previously that the AREDS 1 formulation restores the O2-induced retinal vasoconstrictor response of retinal vessels in a human endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide [LPS]) model.
Methods: We hypothesized that the abnormal O2-induced retinal red blood cell (RBC) flow response can be modulated by a different formulation (vitamin C, E, and zinc, lutein/zeaxanthin, selenium, taurine, Aronia extract, and omega-3 free fatty acids). A total of 43 healthy subjects was included in this randomized, double masked, placebo-controlled parallel group study. The reactivity of retinal arterial and venous diameter, RBC velocity, and flow to 100% O2 breathing was investigated in the absence and presence of 2 ng/kg LPS. Between the two study days was a 14-day period of daily dietary supplement intake.
Results: The decrease in retinal arterial diameter, RBC velocity, and flow during 100% O2 breathing was diminished significantly after LPS infusion. Dietary supplement intake for 14 days almost restored the response of retinal hemodynamic parameters to 100% O2 after LPS administration. This effect was significant for retinal arterial diameter (P = 0.03 between groups), and RBC velocity and flow (each P < 0.01 between groups).
Conclusions: The present data indicate restoring of the RBC flow response to 100% O2 after LPS administration. This is likely due to an amelioration of endothelial dysfunction resulting from oxidative stress, a factor involved in AMD pathophysiology. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00914576.).
Keywords: dietary supplements; endotoxin model; red blood cell flow; retinal blood flow; retinal hemodynamic function; white blood cell flow; young healthy subjects.
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