Lutein + Zeaxanthin

Indications

  • Age related macular degeneration (AMD)
  • Cataracts
  • Retinitis pigmentosa

Pharmacology

Lutein and Zeaxanthin are nutritionally important carotenoids that protect healthy cells from oxidative stress and free radical damage. Lutein and Zeaxanthin have immunostimulant and photoprotectant properties. Recent research has shown that these important carotenoids are major eye pigments of the retina. Lutein and Zeaxanthin are especially concentrated in rods which are specialized light sensitive cell or photoprotector in retina and responsible for black and white vision in the dark. Scientific evidence clearly suggests that Lutein and Zeaxanthin has important role in the retina to protect tissue from the damaging effects of high-energy blue spectrum light. The uncontrolled generation of free radicals in the eye and harmful light are believed to ultimately lead to age related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa. Lutein and Zeaxanthin may also have effects on skin health and anti-aging activity.

Dosage & Administration

1 capsule daily or as advised by the physician.

Interaction

Certain drugs have been reported to decrease absorption of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. Proton-pump inhibitors and lipid lowering drugs may reduce the absorption of carotenoids.

Contraindications

No toxicities have been reported in the scientific literature for Lutein and Zeaxanthin at doses up to 40 mg for 2 months.

Side Effects

No adverse side effects have been reported. Ames testing has demonstrated an absence of any mutagenic effects for purified Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Pregnancy & Lactation

Studies on Lutein and Zeaxanthin in pregnant and nursing women have not been conducted.

Therapeutic Class

Herbal and Nutraceuticals

Storage Conditions

Store in a cool and dry place, away from light and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.

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