If you don’t know what carotenoids are, then you’ve come to the right place.
So, what are carotenoids?
A carotenoid is a plant pigment that can be found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including green leafy vegetables. These can also be found in the back of your eye, in the retina, where they naturally gather from the day we are born. Carotenoids are what give fruits and vegetables their vibrant red, yellow, and orange colour. They’re found in high amounts in green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli, and they’re known to have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.
Amazingly, while there are over 700 varieties of carotenoids in nature, only three have been discovered to naturally accumulate in the macula (Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin, and Zeaxanthin). It is these three critical carotenoids that are present in MacuPrime.
Did you Know?
- From the day we are born, our bodies are designed to absorb and gather Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin in our eyes and brain. Colostrum, the first breast milk, is often called ‘liquid gold’. That’s down to the extremely high levels of carotenoids in the breast milk, giving it that yellow colour.
- Carotenoids naturally accumulate in our eyes to form the yellow protective layer that sits in front of the macula, called the macular pigment.
- This carotenoid packed macular pigment is really important for our eye health. It protects the retina from damage, filters blue light, fights inflammation and acts as a powerful antioxidant.
- When the carotenoid levels are low in our eyes, the macular pigment breaks down which can result in blurred vision, poor contrast sensitivity, significant discomfort in sunlight glare or headlight glare at night and most importantly may lead to a condition known as Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)