Zeaxanthin is a member of a group of nutrients referred to as carotenoids. Carotenoids are pigments found in plants, which give them their rich color. Zeaxanthin is often discussed in combination with lutein, another carotenoid. Both Zeaxanthin and lutein cannot be converted to vitamin A, like other carotenoids (e.g. beta-carotene); their structure is more polar due to hydroxyl groups attached to the cyclic ring structure.

Zeaxanthin, lutein, and meso-zeaxanthin are referred to as the macular pigment. The macula is an area of the retina responsible for focusing images. Zeaxanthin specifically accumulates in the fovea region. [2] Interestingly, when zeaxanthin and lutein are consumed, they are deposited into the macula at a rate of 5 times more than the rest of the retina.

A review of zeaxanthin and lutein for macular degeneration summarized the mechanisms of action for protecting ocular tissue against photooxidative damage as filters for damaging blue light, antioxidants quenching excited triplet state molecules or singlet molecular oxygen, and scavenging further reactive oxygen species like lipid peroxides or the superoxide radical anion.

Products Containing Zeaxanthin
Name Price Rating Serving Price # of Servings Manufacturer Health Condition
Balance Point for Men $29.95
$1.00 30 Progressive Health
Balance Point for Women $35.95
$1.20 30 Progressive Health
Mens Super Vites $11.90
$0.26 45 Heaven & Earth
Opti-Women $22.39
$0.37 60 Optimum Nutrition
Super Anti Oxidant $11.72
$0.39 30 Apex
Visulyn $59.95
$2.00 30 Progressive Health Vision
Womens Super Vites $11.99
$0.27 45 Heaven & Earth


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