Lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants found together in foods like corn, eggs, spinach, kale and bell peppers. Eye health experts recommend Americans get 10 mg lutein and 2 mg zeaxanthin in their diet to support eye health, but unfortunately, most Americans only get 1-2 mg of each.1
To help close the nutrient gap, Kemin developed FloraGLO Lutein and ZeaONE Zeaxanthin, natural carotenoids sourced from marigold flowers that are clinically studied to protect eye health. Click below to view each product.
As a critical part of many everyday tasks, it's hard to imagine life without clear vision. But eye conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts can cause vision loss, even in eyes with 20/20 vision.
Global projections estimate 196 million people will have AMD by 2020, which is why it's important to start protecting your vision now.
The extensive use of phones, tablets and computers has caused a new concern for eye health called blue light: powerful wavelengths of light emitted from sunlight, digital devices and LED lights.
Overexposure to blue light has been linked to eye strain and long-term retinal damage. Scaling back on screen time and changes in your nutrition can help protect your vision in this digital era.
Research shows two key nutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, can help protect the eyes from age-related eye disease and blue light damage.2
Dietary intake of these carotenoids can protect the eye's photoreceptors from oxidative damage and support macular pigment. Changes in the diet and supplementation can support eye health for a lifetime.
Know your MPOD Score
To know if your diet could benefit from additional lutein and zeaxanthin, a test is available at some health care facilities. The test, called a Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD) test, measures the level of lutein and zeaxanthin in the eye with a non-invasive machine. A high MPOD score likely means you have healthy eyes, can see a strong contrast between objects and can recover quickly from the blinding light of a passing car's headlights. A low MPOD score may mean you are at risk for eye damage or age-related eye disease.3
Why Get Your MPOD Tested?
To learn your MPOD number, find an eye care professional near you.
Could You Benefit from Lutein and Zeaxanthin Supplementation?
In general, eye care professionals recommend aiming for an MPOD level of 0.5 or above for an adequate level of macular pigment density to block at least some blue light.4
If your MPOD level is below the recommendations, you can increase it by making sure you're getting enough lutein-rich foods in your diet.5 If you aren't able to get enough nutrients from your diet, supplement sources are a good option for many people.
1. Johnson E et al (2010) J Am Diet Assoc 110: 1357-1362.
2. Tosini G, et al. (2016). Mol Vis. 24: 22:61-72.
3. Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR). 2012. Health Effects of Artificial Light (http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/emerging/docs/scenihr_o_035.pdf).
4. Ciulla, Opthalmology (2001) 108: 730-737. Hammond, Recent Research Dev Nutr (2002). MPOD measured in density units.
5. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (Release 28, released September 2015, slightly revised May 2016).