Lutein and Zeaxanthin Offset Gene Weaknesses that Cause Macular Degeneration
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist Byron J. Richards,
In the past decade, the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, which accumulate in the macular pigment of the eye, have been linked to a reduction in risk for macular degeneration, the leading age-related cause of blindness. Dietary supplements of these nutrients, when consistently consumed, have been proven to deposit in the macular pigment, boosting eye health. A new study analyzed gene weaknesses in macular degeneration patients, and found that 7 of 9 gene weaknesses that lead to macular degeneration involve lutein and zeaxanthin. These gene weaknesses triple the risk for macular degeneration.
One of the most promising areas of nutritional supplementation is to support an area of gene-related weakness. All of us have them. They are like weak links in our chain of health. Nutrients can help compensate for gene weaknesses by providing higher-than-typical intake, thus helping to guide gene systems into more normal behavior that supports health. Age-related blindness is a big deal, one that can limit quality of life. As a simple precaution, there is no harm in anyone consuming lutein and zeaxanthin. For the percentage of individuals with gene weaknesses, it may be vision saving.
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