What is Zeaxanthin?
Zeaxanthin is the yellow pigment found in corn, marigold, paprika, and saffron. Beyond its vibrant color, it’s also a plant-derived carotenoid which is a vitally important contributor to good eye health and vision.
Zeaxanthin is one of the most important carotenoids when it comes to healthy eyesight, as it’s found concentrated in the central macula whereas lutein is generally found only at the retinal edge. Both obviously play major roles in eye health, but when it comes to preventing macular degeneration, zeaxanthin is king.
Here’s a list of just a few of the benefits derived from this vital carotenoid:
- Filters out harmful light and radiation, particularly from ultraviolet and high-energy blue light sources
- Protects against light-induced damage to eyesight
- Potent antioxidant properties which positively affect eye health and immune system function
- Helps prevent and/or slow down age-related macular degeneration
Who should use it?
Based on its plant-based origins, zeaxanthin is healthy and safe for everyone. It can be particularly helpful as you get older because it can ward off the effects of age-related degeneration to eyesight, but it’s equally beneficial for younger individuals.
It’s especially important to take care of your eye health for electronics-dependent individuals who are always staring at mobile devices, computer screens, and televisions, all of which are sources of eye-damaging light emissions. Vision is crucial to your quality of life, so it’s best to take physical and nutritional precautions whenever and wherever possible. Optimal eyesight also greatly affects athletic performance, so it’s got an additional level of importance for those involved in nearly all levels of sports and fitness.
When and how should it be used?
As mentioned above, zeaxanthin is found in natural food sources, so it can be used at just about any time and by anyone, but while no RDA has been set for it, the optimal dosage seems to be around 1-2 mg per day. For vision and eye health, it’s best used as a standardized extract combined with other nutrients like lutein, quercetin, selenium, and other vitamins, minerals, and extracts that help support good eye health, such as the combination found in SAN’s Eye & Vision Support Formula.
Note: For information purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.