What is Zeaxanthin? Zeaxanthin Foods, Benefits, and Supplements

What is Zeaxanthin? Zeaxanthin Foods, Benefits, and Supplements


so what is zeaxanthin or zeaxanthin or zeaxanthin so we’re gonna go over zeaxanthin foods benefits and
supplements today so let’s start out with what is zeaxanthin
zeaxanthin definition so you may have heard of zeaxanthin before
it is a carotenoid just like lutein it’s found in the macula of the eye and
basically carotenoids are fat soluble yellow to red pigments that are found in
vegetables and plants so they give those brightly colored vegetables their color
and you know this particular substance is one that gives paprika and saffron
they’re really bright you know deep reddish orange color which is pretty
cool so zeaxanthin is the primary carotenoid in the central macula and the
central macula is where you get that crisp sharp vision for things like
reading and writing and driving a car and you know seeing the faces of your
loved ones and things like that where lutein hangs out around the perimeter of
your macula so within plants zeaxanthin does the same thing that lutein does it
basically works to dispel damaging light rays that released these increased
levels of energy that actually can harm plants so in the same way UV light blue
light from your computer screen and your cell phones those can all harm your
macula and so zeaxanthin is there to kind of protect your macula from those rays yeah
so some benefits of zeaxanthin is that it’s thought to be incredibly beneficial
for the eyes because of that concentration in the macula like Dr.
Jenna just said it’s very concentrated in the very center of the macula and the
macula the very center of it is in charge of your 20/20 vision and so to
prevent the damage you want to take a zeaxanthin supplement or zeaxanthin
foods which we’ll go over a little bit later to prevent damage that occurs from blue light blue light occurs naturally from the sun but we’re getting
exposed to more of it now that we’re on our cellphones more or we’re on a
computer more and so if you want to keep your fine detail that 20/20 vision
intact make sure you’re taking a lutein or zeaxanthin supplement
that’s going to really help with that and then eating the foods that we’re going to
recommend a little bit later and just a reminder that the macula allows us to
drive to read to write to recognize face faces and function during other small
detailed tasks and so again just know that zeaxanthin as well as lutein are
before your macular health but these are also antioxidants in the body so they
work alongside other than antioxidants such as vitamin C and E and beta carotene
which is vitamin A and these guard against the they guard the eye against
oxidative damage from the free radicals that can build up and destroy the cells
in your eyes leading to macular degeneration which is typically an
age-related condition but now that we have phones and computers what I predict
in the future is that we’re going to start seeing it at a much younger age so
we usually see that in the 70s and 80s but I think we’re going to start seeing it
in the 50s just because we’re on phones so much so that’s where blue light
blockers are going to help by eating these foods and taking a supplement is going to
help as well and there are studies that have shown that when partner when
zeaxanthin is partnered with lutein and these vitamins and minerals that it can
be beneficial in preventing the development of macular degeneration and
the most significant of these studies is called AREDS2 age-related eye disease
study which demonstrated that if you had early macular degeneration and you took
lutein zeaxanthin and vitamin C and E that reduces your progression by
10 to 25% what I take away from the study is that macular degeneration is
inflammatory and eating non inflammatory foods like leafy green vegetables and
other things that we’ll go over in a little bit and getting rid of the
processed foods and the high-fat foods and the junk the processed foods
that we eat on a daily basis unfortunately it’s going to help with
your macular degeneration as well so let’s jump into the foods to eat and the
foods that have zeaxanthin yeah so the best sources of zeaxanthin are foods
that are really bright in color so those green leafy vegetables like kale and
spinach and collard greens those are really great you can put those
in a smoothie or a salad I already mentioned earlier that paprika and
saffron that you would cook with and spirulina which maybe you put in your
smoothies are also really great sources of zeaxanthin and other foods that you can add to your diet include orange
peppers kiwi fruit zucchini and really any type of squash is really great so
get those roasted vegetables in the oven and get that’s zeaxanthin so if you
want to see our top three zeaxanthin supplements that we recommend they also
have lutein as well click the link in the description of this video and we go
over the top three of course one of those is ours because we we just came
out with one called Heyedrate Lutein and Zeaxanthin you can purchase it on Amazon
or on our website you can also visit freelutein.com to get your first bottle
for free and you just have to pay shipping on that so what are some
zeaxanthin side effects and what is the dosage that you should take and the
truth is there’s no recommended dosage and there’s no daily allowance for
zeaxanthin and other carotenoids like lutein and so the area study looked at
10 milligrams of lutein and 2 milligrams of zeaxanthin this mouth
was found to be safe and is often found in supplements and so there’s no known
toxic effects of taking too much and just the most notable side effect of
eating too many carotenoid is the yelling of the skin and that’s if you eat a lot
of carrots that can happen and you’re not going to turn orange but you might
notice like almost tanning or bronzing appearance to your skin in high
doses of carotenoids and that’s a lot like she looks prawns because I eat a lot of
carrots so if you have any questions regarding lutein or zeaxanthin let us
know in the comments below and we’d be happy to answer them and then also click
the link in the description we go over our top 3 supplements or visit freelutein.com to try our top 3 supplements for free
so thanks for joining us live and we look forward to seeing you soon

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