Vision lutein and zeaxanthin
Diseases Prevention of cataract, prevention-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Beneficial Protection of vision, improving vision, glare, antioxidants, sunscreen, filter blue light, oxidative stress, photooxidation
The description of zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin is one of three with pigments lutein and mézozéaxanthine family of carotenoids or xanthophylls which are located in high concentrations in the central part of the retina, specifically in the macula. Zeaxanthin is defined by the empirical formula C40H56O2 isomer under the name, it is what gives color to yellow corn. Zeaxanthin is essential for the body it enters the visual process.
The source of zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin is absolutely not manufactured by the human body, it is essential that a daily intake is done through diet or with dietary supplements containing this carotenoid.
The food source zeaxanthin, can be found in good numbers of vegetable and fruit, in cauliflower and red peppers, broccoli and corn, lettuce and citrus fruits, and eggs. In doing, it is necessary to clarify that lutein and zeaxanthin have exactly the same food source.
Deficiency of zeaxanthin The medicinal properties of zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin deficiency, can quickly provide as food intake containing this carotenoid must be daily, and nowadays it is common that man is an unbalanced diet. But that's not all factors such as tobacco and alcohol are important in this deficiency, and the consequences can brought some health problems, primarily on vision.
Zeaxanthin is a pigment in the eye, by its action it is an important element in protecting against the risk of macular degeneration (AMD) and cataract (diseases that can cause blindness, visual). It is obvious that if one associates zeaxanthin and lutein with bilberry, this will strengthen this protection. It was proven by numerous medical studies and clinical trials, a contribution of the combination of these two carotenoids, augmenterais the macular pigment density and protégerais more effectively the vision of these diseases.
Zeaxanthin is a powerful antioxidant, which acts to reduce photooxidation (light oxidation) by filtering out blue light, but also reducing glare and increasing contrast and allowing an improvement in visual acuity. This carotenoid has indeed function sunscreen, and preventive of oxidative stress.
Other uses of zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin is used just as lutein, but also serve as a food additive under number E161h except for the European Union since zeaxanthin is not listed as an additive.
Prevention of macular degeneration related to age (AMD), cataracts, glare, sun filter, filter blue light, oxidative stress, photooxidation, vision enhancement, antioxidant.