ZeaONE® Zeaxanthin - A Dietary Ingredient for Vision
What is zeaxanthin?
Zeaxanthin, like lutein, is an important carotenoid found in foods. It's primarily found in vegetables such as corn, squash and yellow and orange peppers.1 Both lutein and zeaxanthin are naturally deposited in our eyes to form a protective layer called macular pigment that helps us maintain healthy vision.2,3,4 Studies have shown that increased levels of macular pigment can help keep eyes functioning at their best as we age.
Zeaxanthin and lutein work together to protect the eyes from damaging light – specifically high-energy blue light - which is the most harmful to our eyes.5 It also acts as a powerful antioxidant by neutralizing the light-induced free radicals that destroy sensitive eyes cells.6
Click here to learn more about how lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect eyes from blue light eye damage.
Health benefits of zeaxanthin
Zeaxanthin and lutein absorb and block blue light to protect our eyes from damage that may occur from long hours looking at a computer screen, tablet or phone.5.7,8 These carotenoids are the only nutrients deposited by our body into the eyes specifically for this task.2
Zeaxanthin in the retina
Zeaxanthin is more prevalent in the central region of the retina with a lutein to zeaxanthin ratio of 1:2.4, and lutein is more prevalent in the periphery where the ratio is 2:1.9
Supplementing your diet with at least 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin is clinically proven to increase levels of macular pigment in the eyes.17-26
The benefits of zeaxanthin aren’t just limited to filtering blue light. Studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin can also enhance quality of vision, even in people with 20/20 vision.22-25 Higher levels of these nutrients in our eyes help us to recover more quickly from intense light10,11 and can promote sharper vision which help us in situations like driving at night, reading and watching TV in low light conditions.
The more lutein and zeaxanthin in the eyes, the more blue light will be filtered.12,13
The body doesn’t make Zeaxanthin
Current research recommends at least 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin daily to keep eyes healthy and performing at their best. Since our bodies can’t make zeaxanthin or lutein, we need to get these important carotenoids from foods or dietary supplements.
Unfortunately, most people don’t consume enough of the fruits and vegetables that contain lutein and zeaxanthin. In fact, most Americans only get 1-2 mg each day, far below the amounts proven to be beneficial for eye health,15 which results in lower levels of macular pigment.
Protect Your Eyes With ZeaONE, distributed by DSM as OPTISHARP® Natural
ZeaONE / OPTISHARP Natural is naturally-sourced zeaxanthin from the same makers of FloraGLO® Lutein – the most studied lutein brand worldwide.16
Just as FloraGLO did for lutein, ZeaONE / OPTISHARP Natural is setting a new standard for zeaxanthin. ZeaONE is free-form zeaxanthin, meaning it's the same dietary form found naturally in foods.
For many people, an eye health supplement is the best source for their daily supply of zeaxanthin. However, many formulations don’t provide the natural, free-form dietary zeaxanthin and the clinically relevant amounts that you need each day for optimal vision.
So, when you choose a supplement that contains FloraGLOLutein, also look for ZeaONE / OPTISHARP Natural - a naturally-sourced and bioavailable zeaxanthin that protects and maintains healthy vision for a lifetime.
To know more about FloraGLO® Lutein, click here.
References available upon request.
OPTISHARP® Natural is a Registered Trademark of DSM Nutritional Products Ltd.
OPTISHARP® Natural is made with patented ZeaOne(R) from KEMIN. ZeaOne is a [registered] trademark of KEMIN Industries, Inc. Licensed under U.S. Patent Nos. 6,748,351, 7,575,766 and 7,033,622.
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