Eye Health

Eye health: Lutein and zeaxanthin could help EU save billions in healthcare costs

13 Oct 2017 --- Savings of €6.20 billion (US$7.33 billion) a year could be generated through the daily consumption of 10mg of lutein in combination with 2mg of zeaxanthin by adults aged 50 and older in the EU with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This is according to a new study produced by Frost & Sullivan.

Indena’s bilberry extract may help to fight dry eye conditions, says study

08 Sep 2017 --- Indena has reported that its Mirtoselect bilberry extract may have an important role in “preserving adequate aqueous levels” in people possibly experiencing dry eye conditions. This is according to a new randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences.

Kyowa Hakko’s citicoline supplementation may slow glaucoma

18 Aug 2017 --- A 500mg dose of citicoline from Kyowa Hakko Europe (Kyowa) may significantly slow the progression of visual acuity loss due to glaucoma. This is according to a new study by researchers at the Sao Paolo Hospital Eye Clinic at the University of Milan, who followed 41 patients with progressing glaucoma – a disease that damages the optic nerve and can lead to vision problems and blindness – over two years.

Valensa International Awarded US Patent For EyePro MD

07 Jun 2017 --- Florida-based Valensa International has announced that it has received a US patent for its EyePro MD formula, which claims eye healthcare benefits related to its super-blend of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin mixed with omega 3 essential oils from krill, algae or perilla seed. The EyePro MD patented formulas feature the process of purifying the all-natural ingredients through extraction and stabilization using Valensa’s proprietary O2B peroxidation blocker technology and its Supercritical CO2 extraction technology.

Fortified Eggs Improve Bioavailability of Lutein and Zeaxanthin: Study

06 Jun 2017 --- Researchers have conducted a study assessing the bioavailability of lutein and zeaxanthin from carotenoid-fortified eggs compared to control non-enriched eggs, and found that the change in fasting blood concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin increased significantly more in the participants who ate the fortified eggs. Carotenoids are a large group of plant pigment molecules that serve as antioxidants in the body. 

Fruit d’Or Target Women’s Health with New Cranberry Drink

02 Mar 2017 --- Fruit d’Or is set to demonstrate its’ dynamic women’s health formulation called GO2, a drink that blends its’ non-GMO organic cranberry juice powder with three other science-based ingredients, including Taiyo’s Sunfiber. With low sugar and calories, the drink will target the women’s health category, but also has gut health and digestive care on its radar.

Intestine Bacteria Plays Role in Preventing Eye Disease

17 Nov 2016 --- Bacteria in the intestines may play an important role in determining if a person will develop blinding wet Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), according to a study published in EMBO Molecular Medicine.

Oily Fish Consumption May Help Prevent Blindness in Diabetics

25 Aug 2016 --- A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology shows that two servings of fish a week may lower diabetics’ risk for blindness - called diabetic retinopathy. Because the retina is rich in long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the researchers hypothesized that consuming foods rich in long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids would lower the risk for diabetic retinopathy.

Kemin’s FloraGLO Legacy Continues with New Blue Light Protection Patent

14 Jul 2016 --- The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Kemin Industries a patent for the role of its products in protecting individuals with three common ocular disorders from blue light or light-induced damage.

Broccoli-Related Compound Possible Treatment for AMD

07 Jul 2016 --- Researchers have boosted the potency of a broccoli-related compound by ten times and identified it as a possible treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss affecting more than 10 million older Americans.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplementation May Improve Dry Eye Symptoms

24 Jun 2016 --- New research has found that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids may be an effective treatment for symptoms of dry eye disease.

20th FloraGLO Lutein Anniversary Congress Highlights New Science and Applications for Lutein

02 Jun 2016 --- DSM Nutritional Products and Kemin Industries are hosting the 20th FloraGLO Lutein Anniversary Congress in Lisbon, Portugal (02 June) – bringing together the world’s leading experts on lutein and zeaxanthin to present revolutionary new research on visual performance and brain function.

OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 Granted European Patent

10 May 2016 --- OmniActive Health Technologies has been granted a European patent for Lutemax 2020 (Patent No: EP2473065B1) entitled “A Xanthophyll Composition Containing Macular Pigments and a Process for its Preparation.”

Increased Dietary Vitamin C Could Help Protect Against Cataracts

24 Mar 2016 --- Eating foods high in vitamin C has been found to cut risk of cataract progression by a third in new research.

Kemin Receives ANVISA Approval for Sale of ZeaONE

01 Feb 2016 --- ANVISA, Brazil’s national Health Surveillance Agency, has approved for sale its product, ZeaONE Zeaxanthin - a naturally sourced dietary free-form of zeaxanthin from marigolds. 

High Dietary Intake of Multi-Carotenoids Reduces Risks of AMD

20 Jan 2016 --- A recent cohort study reveals that high intakes of carotenoids, - lutein and zeaxanthin, together with alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin are associated with decreased risks of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Green Leafy Vegetable and Dietary Nitrate Intake Associated With Lower Risk of Glaucoma

19 Jan 2016 --- Greater intake of dietary nitrate and green leafy vegetables such as broccoli was associated with a 20 percent to 30 percent lower risk of primary open-angle glaucoma, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Virtually No US Adults Have an Omega 3 Status Recommended for Cardiovascular Health

22 Dec 2015 --- DSM Nutritional Products has co-authored a new paper comparing plasma long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCn-3 PUFA) biomarkers in US adults, with recommended concentration levels for cardiovascular health. Published in Nutrients, it reveals overwhelming evidence of suboptimal LCn-3 concentrations across all age groups and highlights the need to increase dietary intake.

DSM and Kemin Launch New Forms of Lutein and Zeaxanthin

02 Oct 2015 --- DSM and Kemin have announced two new additions to their portfolio of eye health solutions including FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin, which are being introduced as part of their longstanding partnership. This move signals the continued investment by DSM and Kemin in providing high quality ingredients, tailored applications expertise and access to the latest scientific advances, in response to the growth in global demand for dietary supplements targeted at eye health and visual comfort.

Vitamin D Plays a Role in Eye Health

01 Sept 2015 --- Vitamin D has been studied extensively in relation to bone health as well as cancer. Now, a team led by a researcher at the University at Buffalo has discovered that vitamin D may play a significant role in eye health, specifically in the possible prevention of age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, among women who are more genetically prone to developing the sight-damaging disease.