Macular lutein and zeaxanthin are related to brain lutein and zeaxanthin in primates.

@article{Vishwanathan2013MacularLA,
  title={Macular lutein and zeaxanthin are related to brain lutein and zeaxanthin in primates.},
  author={Rohini Vishwanathan and Martha D Neuringer and Donald Snodderly and Wolfgang Schalch and Elizabeth J Johnson},
  journal={Nutritional neuroscience},
  year={2013},
  volume={16 1},
  pages={21-9}
}
OBJECTIVES Xanthophyll pigments lutein and zeaxanthin cross the blood-retina barrier to preferentially accumulate in the macular region of the neural retina. There they form macular pigment, protecting the retina from blue light damage and oxidative stress. Lutein and zeaxanthin also accumulate in brain tissue. The objective of the study was to evaluate the relationship between retinal and brain levels of these xanthophylls in non-human primates. METHODS Study animals included rhesus monkeys… CONTINUE READING
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