LUTEIN HELPS PROTECT THE EYE
Patients who took lutein and zeaxanthine in supplementation were not only able to raise their blood levels of these nutrients but also significantly increased the levels within the eye. Macular pigment, which protects the retina from being damaged, increased 20-40% in these studies, whole blue light transmitted to the macular photoreceptors and macular pigment decreased nearly 40%
The journal of the American Medical Association reported in its November 1994 issue that patients who had the highest intake of the two yellow nutrients lutein and zeaxanthine, from their diet had a 43% decreased risk of developing ARMD over those who had the lowest intake. Interestingly, these same benefits were not apparent with patients who had high levels of beta-carotene. Lutein and zeaxanthine are the only carotenoids that are specifically deposited within the macula of the eye. Though beta carotene found in carrots is healthy for us to eat, it will not provide a decreased risk of ARMD.