Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Carotenoids decrease risk of macular degeneration

One of the most concerning age-related disease is referred to as age-related macular degeneration. It is the leading cause of blindness in the elderly. This leads to the degeneration of an area in our eye called the macula, which is responsible for our central vision. When they look at someone, they are not able to see their face, but are able to see the area around their face.

Researchers have identified that the cause of this disease is oxidative stress. Several studies have been done that show that supplementation with a host of antioxidants including two carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin significantly decreases your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.

Source: Neelam K, Hogg Re, et al. Carotenoids and co-antioxidants in age-related maculopathy. Ophthalmic Epidemiology. 2008 Nov-Dec;15(6):389-401.

Source: Dr. Strand Health Nuggets (newsletter@Bionutrition.org)