OmniActive sponsors article on positive relationship between lutein and zeaxanthin in eye health

29-Aug-2014

Presence of higher lutein status has also been related to better cognitive performance

The relationship between lutein and zeaxanthin and visual and cognitive function is compelling, according to an article published in this month’s Nutrition Reviews.

Leading lutein researcher Elizabeth Johnson discusses the latest science surrounding the important function that both lutein and zeaxanthin play throughout a lifetime in the article, which was sponsored by OmniActive Health Technologies, a manufacturer of products containing both ingredients.

Lutein\'s role in cognition has only recently been considered. Both lutein and its isomer, zeaxanthin, are taken up selectively into eye tissue. Lutein is the predominant carotenoid in human brain tissue. Lutein and zeaxanthin in neural tissue may have biological effects that include antioxidation, anti- inflammation, and structural actions.

\'Strong science supports the roles that lutein and zeaxanthin play in both visual and cognitive health throughout a lifetime,\' said Johnson.

\'The relative contribution of lutein to the total carotenoids in the paediatric brain is twice that of what is found in adults, suggesting the need for lutein during neural development.

\'Moreover, the presence of higher lutein status has been related to better cognitive performance and both lutein and zeaxanthin may be protective against eye disease due to their ability to absorb damaging blue light that enters the eye.\'

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As a supplier of premium lutein and zeaxanthin ingredients such as Lutemax 2020, OmniActive Health Technologies aims to grow the market by providing the most current and relevant information to the industry, scientific community, healthcare professionals and consumers alike by supporting the ever-expanding breath of science surrounding these macular carotenoids, said Lynda Doyle, Vice President, Global Marketing at OmniActive Health Technologies.

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