Zeaxanthin is a natural retinal pigment, which is deficient in macular degeneration
Like beta-carotene and Lutein, Zeaxanthin is a carotenoid. It is found in high concentrations in healthy retinas and is deficient in those eyes with macular degeneration. Although found in yellow-orange vegetables, the amounts required to be of benefit in eye disease are high and thus more easily obtained from high dose supplements.
The National Eye Institute has included Zeaxanthin in their newest eye research, known as AREDS 2.
The following products contain 4.75 mg (4,750 mcg) of Zeaxanthin:
VisiVite i-Defense Green Formula is the best macular degeneration supplement for smokers and former habitual smokers. It contains 15mg FloraGLO brand Lutein, multiple Anti-Oxidants, Zinc and 4.75mg OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin. This product contains no beta-carotene.
VisiViteŽ E-Free Formula is the most powerful macular degeneration supplement available for patients that prefer to avoid high doses of Vitamin E either because of anticoagulation therapy or other reasons. Contains 20 mg FloraGLO Lutein and 4.75 mg Zeaxanthin