Life Extension MacuGuard Ocular Support aids the macular region by keeping it stocked with xanthophyll carotenoids. These carotenoids are foundational to the macular region and allow it to function optimally as a natural sunblock for the inner eye.
Life Extension MacuGuard Ocular Support with Saffron and Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, C3G, and Meso-Zeaxanthin
|Amount Per Serving|
|MacuGuard® proprietary blend: Phospholipids, marigold extract (flower) [providing 10 mg free lutein, 4 mg meso-zeaxanthin & trans-zeaxanthin], mixed carotenoids [providing 1.24 mg α-carotene]||173 mg|
|Saffron extract (stigma)||20 mg|
|Natural Astaxanthin (from CO2 extract of Haematococcus pluvialis algae)||6 mg|
|Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) [from European black currant extract (fruit)]||2.2 mg|
|Other ingredients: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, Safflower Oil, Beeswax, Palm Oil, Purified Water, Cellulose, Annatto Color, Potato Maltodextrin.|
|Contains No: Milk, Eggs, Fish, Crustacean Shellfish, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Wheat, and Soybean.|
|Dosage and Use:
|LuteinPlus® and Mz® are registered trademarks of Nutriproducts Ltd., UK, licensed under U.S. Patents 6,218,436 and p6,329,432.|
Life Extension Macuguard Ocular Support with Saffron and Astaxanthin supports the macula in filtering out harmful blue and UV rays and protecting the inner eye, while at the same time provides necessary aid to the macular region by supplying it with important xanthophyll carotenoids.
Benefits of Life Extension MacuGuard Ocular Support with Saffron and Astaxanthin
- Comprehensive ocular nutrition in a single softgel
- Contains lutein, two forms of zeaxanthin, and phospholipid compounds
- Enhanced with astaxanthin to help fight eye fatigue
- Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G) encourages the regeneration of rhodopsin, a retinal compound which absorbs light.
- Includes the optimal dose of saffron along with C3G to support healthy vision.
- No milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean.
The Importance of Carotenoids in a Healthy Macular Region
The macular region is an ovular pigment near the center of the retina. It is yellow in color due to the presence of macular pigment, composed of three xanthophyll carotenoids: lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin. The yellow tint provided by these carotenoids is what enables the macular region to absorb excess blue and ultraviolet light that enter the eye. It functions similarly to a natural sunblock for the inner eye.
There is evidence that the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin support the pigmented region from some types of macular degeneration. These carotenoids act as antioxidants and support the macula against damage by photo-initiated oxidative stress. Unfortunately, the density of lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin within the eye declines naturally over time.1
Maintaining Carotenoid Levels within a Natural Range
The amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in the macular region of the retina is measured as macular pigment optical density (MPOD). Recently, MPOD has become a useful biomarker for determining current and projected visual function. Some aging people suffer losses in their ability to convert lutein into meso-zeaxanthin within the macula. This reduction can trigger an imbalance of MPOD and spell potential damage to the macular region in people of advanced age.
Eating vegetables which contain lutein and zeaxanthin can help maintain the structural integrity of the macula. However, since meso-zeaxanthin is not part of the typical diet, it cannot be ingested except in supplement form. The MacuGuard Ocular Support formula supplies potent doses of all three carotenoids to support better immediate and long-term eye health. Saffron is also included due to its carotenoid content. Crocin and crocetin are both carotenoids found in saffron which have displayed potential to support retinal cells that have been damaged by oxidative stress in age-related macular degeneration. This formula also contains an additional carotenoid, astaxanthin, to help fight against eye fatigue.2
With a special combination of ingredients, MacuGuard Ocular Support with Saffron and Astaxanthin, Zeaxanthin, Lutein, C3G, and Meso-Zeaxanthin is a breakthrough in nutritional eye health support.
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