By the time someone is diagnosed with AMD, the disease has been developing for 20 years or more, says Dr. Steve Pratt, an ophthalmologist and chair of the Lutein Information Bureau. The good news is that, “It’s never too late and it’s never too early to start consuming Lutein for better ocular health,” he adds.
"Lutein works as an antioxidant in the eye and has a great deal of scientific corroboration regarding its effectiveness in healthy vision," said Robert Abel, M.D., chairman of the Lutein Information Bureau. "Studies are scientifically proving that the combination of the essential vitamins--and lutein--benefit aging Americans and people at risk for macular degeneration. As a matter of fact, there is demonstrable evidence in healthy and donor eyes that lutein plays a more important role than beta-carotene in retinal health."
According to Lutein Information Bureau information, lutein and zeaxanthin are the major carotenoids present in the retina of healthy eyes. Lutein is an abundant carotenoid found in many fruits and vegetables and, in nature, protects cells against light-induced damage. Spinach and kale contain the highest levels of lutein, but it is also present in such foods as corn and egg yolks. For more information on lutein, visit Kemin, manufacturer and marketer of purified FloraGLO® brand lutein, at Booth #1619-1623 at SupplySide West.