MacuHealth with LMZ3 (90 capsules - this is approximately a 3 month supply of capsules)
Each capsule contains: Lutein (10mg), Meso-Zeaxanthin (10mg), Zeaxanthin (2mg)
Inactive ingredients: Vitamin E, Sunflower Seed Oil, Beeswax and Fatty Acid, Beef Gelatin.
Macuhealth contains the three pigments (carotenoids), lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) which are found in the macula and which protect the eye from damaging light.
Taking these carotenoids regularly has been shown to help restore macular pigments to normal levels (40% increase in MP over a 6 month period*).
The yellow pigments, carotenoids, inside the macula help protect the macula in from damaging blue light from the sun and as antioxidants that neutralize harmful free radicals
The Macular Pigment Research Group at the Waterford Institute of Technology looked at the value of Meso-zeaxanthin and concluded:
Suggested Use: Take one (1) capsule, once a day with a meal
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are plant pigment compounds that filter damaging blue wavelength light from the visible-light spectrum by as much as 90%.They are antioxidants and thus protect against free radical damage.
Meso-Zeaxanthin, the strongest antioxidant of the three, is found only in the center of the macula from which sharp vision comes. It is derived by an enzyme conversion of lutein to Meso-Zeaxanthin in the macula and is not found in a typical diet.
Supplementing your diet with Meso-Zeaxanthin will ensure that it accumulates in the central macula without being dependent on an conversion from lutein.
Research has repeatedly demonstrated that these carotenoids are helpful for people with age-related macular degeneration. Compared to people without the disease, those with the lowest levels of carotenoid accumulation were 75% more likely to develop from age-related macular degeneration.
Meso-Zeaxanthin Aids Eyes 2007 Study -This study suggested that meso-zeaxanthin supplementation supports the density of pigments in the macula -- pigments which protect the eye from the damaging UV and blue light from the sun. (Nutr Metab. 2007;4:12) (DOI:10.1186/1743-7075-4-12). Lutein and zeaxanthin have both been examined in a number of trials that are looking into the mechanics of how these carotenoids can support pigment in the macula and thus perhaps protect against macular deterioration. Meso-zeaxanthin is the third major carotenoid found in macular pigment.
Meso-Zeaxanthin Deficiency Confirmed in Macular Degeneration 2003 Study - This study helped to confirm previous research which indicated the value of the 3 critical carotenoids (lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin) in protecting the health of the macula. Michaelides M, Hunt D et al. The genetics of inherited macular dystrophies. J Med Genet. 2003;40(9):641-50. Meyers SM, Grene T et al. A twin study of age-related macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol. 1995; 120: 757-66
Lutein, Zeaxanthin and AMD (Study 2008)
Another study that determined that more lutein and zeaxanthin in the diet reduces the risk of macular damage.
Ref: J.S.L. Tan, J.J. Wang, V. Flood, E. Rochtchina, W. Smith, P. Mitchell. "Dietary Antioxidants and the Long-term Incidence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration: The Blue Mountains Eye Study." Ophthalmology (Elsevier). February 2008, Volume 115, Issue 2, Pages 334-341.
Lutein and Prevention of Macular Degeneration (Study 1994)
Study: Lutein and Prevention of Macular Degeneration
Yet another study demonstrates that connection between macula protection and 6mg daily lutein intake with a 57% decrease in the risk of macular deterioration.
Seddon, J.M., U.A. Ajani, et al. (1994). “Dietary carotenoid, vitamins A, C, E, and advanced age-related macular degeneration. Eye Disease Case-Control Study Group Jama 272(18):1413-20
Study: Zeaxanthin Supplementation Can Improve Visual Acuity for those with Macular Degeneration (2010 Study)
More research substantiating that zeaxanthin supplementation improves condition of pigments in the macula and protects against atrophic early macular deterioration - demonstrating reduced symptoms.
The Zeaxanthin and Visual Function Study in Atrophic Age Related Macular Degeneration (ZVF-FDA IND #78,973) - MP and Foveal Shape Discrimination: S.P. Richer1, W. Stiles1, M. Lavin, K. Graham1, C. Thomas1, D. Park3. J. Nyland1, J Wrobel
Zeaxanthin Can Reduce Chances of AMD 79% (2006 study)
This research study determined that there was 50% lowered risk of macular deterioration in both early and late forms of AMD when the patients had high levels of zeaxanthin in their blood plasma.
Ref: IOVS, June 2006, Vol. 47, No. 6
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