What is Zeaxanthin?
Almost identical to Lutein, Zeaxanthin (zee-ah-ZAN-thin) is also a yellow compound or carotenoid, produced by plants to absorb light and can only be consumed by animals by eating plants. It is the chemical responsible for the vivid yellow colour of saffron and yellow peppers.
Zeaxanthin gathers in high concentrations within the retina and is a significant part of the macular pigment, which is thought to protect the delicate light sensitive cells in macula against oxidative stress and visible blue light.
Key Benefits for Eye health?
Like Lutein, Zeaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant and helps to absorb and neutralise the harmful effects of free radicals within the eye, which can potentially damage or even destroy cells within the retina. Experts now suggest that there appears to be a correlation between the light induced damage caused by free radicals in the eye and the onset of macular degeneration (AMD).
Zeaxanthin helps to protect the eye by filtering out the visible blue light, found all around us in sunlight, car headlights, television screens and computer devices, that can over time be extremely damaging to the eye.
Where can I find them organically?
Fruits and vegetables are the most important dietary source of Zeaxanthin and is usually found in high concentrations along with Lutein.
Most studies measure Lutein and Zeaxanthin levels contained in foods together however some fruits and vegetables particularly those with a yellow/orange colour have been found to be particularly rich in Zeaxanthin these include … sweet corn, tangerines, oranges, kale, spinach, lettuce, peas, broccoli, peaches, celery, tomatoes, carrots and grapefruit.
The yolks of eggs also contain significant concentrations of Zeaxanthin along with Lutein.
How does Macu-SAVETM help?
A single Macu-SAVETM capsule contains 2mg Zeaxanthin, which is now regarded by leading experts in the field of macular science to be the optimum level required to enhance the macular function.
Many health experts are now recommending that certain individuals, who are in need of enriching their macular pigment, such as those who don’t eat sufficient vegetables or the elderly who struggle to absorb nutrients as efficiently, may benefit from taking a supplement such as Macu-SAVETM.