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Two years of supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin may boost macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and retinal sensitivity in people with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), says a new study.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids capable of filtering the harmful blue light than can damage cells in the eye, the rods and the cones.

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Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

Results from a one year study indicated that 10 mg per day of lutein indicated that supplementation with the carotenoid significantly reduced levels of sC5b-9, a marker of systemic inflammation, compared to placebo.

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The naturally-occurring carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin can enhance visual performance among young and healthy consumers, according to new research sponsored by two nutritional manufacturers.

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