Macular Pigment’s Role in Improving Vision in Young and Healthy Patients

Written by John Nolan, PhD Carotenoids are a group of more than 700 pigments, ubiquitous throughout nature and synthesized de novo mainly by photosynthetic organisms (plants and algae). Three carotenoids in particular — lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z) and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) — make up the macular pigment (MP). Located in a central and prereceptorial location at the macula, the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and… More →

Meta-analysis concludes meso-zeaxanthin improves performance of eye health formulations

Meta-analysis concludes meso-zeaxanthin improves performance of eye health formulations By Hank Schultz, 18-Jul-2016 A new meta-analysis strongly supports the use of meso-zeaxanthin along with lutein and zeaxanthin for use in eye health formulations. http://www.nutraingredients-usa.com/Research/Meta-analysis-concludes-meso-zeaxanthin-improves-performance-of-eye-health-formulations CLICK TO READ THE OFFICIAL PUBLISHED PAPER

Waterford Scientists Find Way to Boost Good Vision

New research breakthrough published on June 30 offers prospect of further improved vision among those with healthy eyesight European Research Council-funded Waterford research breakthrough offers prospect of further improved vision among those with healthy eyesight; Major potential implications for motorists, train drivers, pilots and sportspeople Irish-based research published Thurs, June 30 in the international journal, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science… More →

Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin Across the Lifespan

The idea that a select few dietary nutrients could serve functions as varied as normal brain development, eye protection, skin protection, cardiovascular health, reaction time improvement, cognitive function enhancement, and age-related disease prevention at first seems preposterous. Indeed, any reasonable person approached with such a claim should be highly skeptical, and ask for the evidence. In the following [article], I… More →

The Three Macular Carotenoids: Complementary Functions of Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin

JAMES STRINGHAM

Lutein and the two zeaxanthin isomers, RR-zeaxanthin (3R,3’R-zeaxanthin) and meso-zeaxanthin (3R,3’S-RS-zeaxanthin) are the only three carotenoids found in the eye, specifically in the macula of the retina (Bone et al. 1997). RR-zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin are both considered zeaxanthin; they differ only in the spatial orientation of the hydroxyl group on the C3’ chiral position (Nolan et al. 2013 – see… More →

Experts Highlight the Benefits of Carotenoids on Ocular Health and Beyond

Dr. Michael Tolentino is an Orlando, Florida retina specialist and early inventor of anti-VEGF injectable medications. In the September 2015 Primary Eyecare Optometry News article, he reported that several patients with wet AMD in his practice given Macuhealth twice daily to delay or defer injections resulted in improved acuity and resolution of subretinal/intraretinal fluid on OCT. He stated in the… More →

A Recipe for Eye Health: BBQ Grilled Wild Salmon with Braised Kale

Summer is coming to an end, but there’s still ample time left to do some barbequing! You already know that when it comes to eye health, proper nutrition is imperative. Maintaining a balanced diet and consuming sufficient carotenoids (namely lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin) can help to ensure that eye sight stays sharp and can even aid in warding off age-related… More →

Round-up from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015

Above: Downing College in Cambridge, UK (src: wikipedia.org)

Lloyd Snider, O.D. shares lecture topics and key takeaways from the Macular Carotenoids Conference held in Cambridge, UK July 8th-10, 2015. I’m just back and over my jet lag from the Macular Carotenoids Conference 2015, held at Downing College, University of Cambridge, UK. It was an amazing three-day event where the world’s best researchers gathered for a spirited discussion on… More →

Calcium Supplementation Linked to Higher Risk of Macular Degeneration in Older Population

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has established a link between over consumption of calcium and a significantly increased risk of developing macular degeneration in the older population. Researchers from the University of California evaluated 3,191 people aged 40 and over who participated in a national health survey. The group consisted of 248 people who were previously diagnosed… More →