> Sub-group: Xanthophyll
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
Since they are a fat-soluble nutrient, Carotenoids such as Zeaxanthin, require the presence of dietary fat for proper absorption through the digestive tract. Consequently, your carotenoid status may be impaired by a diet that is :
§ pancreatic enzyme deficiency
§ Crohn's disease
§ celiac sprue
§ cystic fibrosis
§ surgical removal of part or all of the stomach
§ gall bladder disease
§ liver disease
Other functions, besides being an antioxidant:
o saffron (picrocronin and safranal, for taste and aroma)
0 wolf berries (or, goji berries)
It is found it both plants and animals, however, in animals, the Zeaxanthins are derived from plant foods.
Zeaxanthin is found in the human body in :
We are born with Zeaxanthin in our body but because our bodies do not produce Zeaxanthin, we need to replenish the Zeaxanthin through foods and/or supplements.
Examples of food sources:
In plant foods : [Cite: Wikipedia]
Product Lutein/zeaxanthin (micrograms per 100 grams)
As a food additive:
Zeaxanthin appears to work in partnership with Lutein, another Carotenoid Antioxidant, tackling the same health issues and performing similar functions.
Both are present in the eyes and skin.
Examples of the health benefits of Zeaxanthin - similar to Lutein:
o both UV and blue light creates free radicals which attacks the eyes.
o neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals in the macular area
o absorbing the UV and blue light, preventing the formation of free radicals caused by UV and blue light.
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