Benefits of Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Eye Health Discussed at Conference on Carotenoids Research

March 25, 2011

The world’s leading experts in the field of carotenoids — Vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin — gathered at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University on March 11-12, 2001, to share the newest research findings at a 2-day conference called “New Developments in Carotenoids Research.”

Some quick tidbits:

  • Lutein and zeaxanthin help to withstand a glare and to recover from a blinding flash of light
  • Gene variants that lower xanthophyll (lutein and lycopene) binding proteins in the eyes correlate with AMD risk
  • Measurements of carotenoids in skin and serum are not reliable biomarkers of macular pigment optical density

Carotenoid-rich plant food sources identified by several conference speakers were spinach, carrots, spirulina, hybridized yellow corn and bioengineered Golden Rice.

Click here for further details about the conference.

Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science, Marketing and Regulatory




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