Macular pigment optical density and its relationship with serum and dietary levels of lutein and zeaxanthin.

  title={Macular pigment optical density and its relationship with serum and dietary levels of lutein and zeaxanthin.},
  author={Stephen Beatty and John Nolan and Heather Kavanagh and Orla O'Donovan},
  journal={Archives of biochemistry and biophysics},
  volume={430 1},
Observational evidence is accumulating that the onset of age-related maculopathy, the leading cause of legal blindness in the Western World, could be delayed, or even averted, with antioxidant supplements. Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are two hydroxy-carotenoids with antioxidant activity which accumulate at the macula, where they are collectively known as macular pigment (MP). It has been shown that MP is entirely of dietary origin, and that L and Z levels in serum, diet, and retina correlate… CONTINUE READING


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