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Doctor insights on: Lutein Zeaxanthin Food Sources

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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When my mom(age 55) looks at white background, she sees smoke floating & black spots. Will lutein and zeaxanthin help to cure her situation?

When my mom(age 55) looks at white background, she sees smoke floating & black spots. Will lutein and zeaxanthin help to cure her situation?

See ophthalmologist: What you described suggests a retinal disorder and it would be prudent to consult an ophthalmologist for proper diagnosis and treatment, as soon as possible. This is not an issue for self treatment. ...Read more

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If i work a job that requires 8 hours a day on the computer, is lutein and zeaxanthin absolutely needed?

If i work a job that requires 8 hours a day on the computer, is lutein and zeaxanthin absolutely needed?

Unrelated: These products have been suggested as possibly helpful for the slowing down of macular degeneration. Lutein and zeaxanthin have no relationship to computer use. ...Read more

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My mother(age 55) is facing vitreous opacities. I plan to buy lutein and zeaxanthin for her. Will lutein and zeaxanthin help to cure her situation?

My mother(age 55) is facing vitreous opacities. I plan to buy lutein and zeaxanthin for her. Will lutein and zeaxanthin help to cure her situation?

Not likely: Vitreous opacities generaly develop as aging changes within the eye. What once was a gel and changes to liquid with some elements of the gel remains. Also if the gel pulls away from the retina ( vitreous is shrinking) floaters will be seen. Also wih more serious retinal problems. Lutein & zeaxanthin are pigments that help the macula stay healthy;they won't affect the floaters issues. ...Read more

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Can lutein or zeaxanthin cause side effects such as insomnia, tiredness, dizziness, or constiipation? I want to take it to improve my vision.

Can lutein or zeaxanthin cause side effects such as insomnia, tiredness, dizziness, or constiipation? I want to take it to improve my vision.

No, however...: Lutein and Zeaxanthin are carotenoids naturally found in fruits and vegetables and do not have any side effects, but they may be in capsules that have additives or preservatives some may react to, so I advise companies like Pure Encapsulations and Thorne that don't use those. Many other nutrients are good for eyes such as Vit. A, C, D, E, zinc, selenium and EFA's. See http://tinyurl.com/b56ua4 ...Read more

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How do lutein, zeaxanthin affect breast cancer?

How do lutein, zeaxanthin affect breast cancer?

Modulate inflamation: These are natural carotenoids found in dark-green leafy vegetables and in egg yolks. These compounds may exert anti-inflammatory benefits along with preventing free-radical damage. This is all hypothetical or science based and there is little clinical evidence. Still a diet rich in vegetables is always a good idea! ...Read more

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Will your eyes get worse if you take a lutein and zeaxanthin eye supplement? I have normal vision but trying to improve it. Are there any side effects

Will your eyes get worse if you take a lutein and zeaxanthin eye supplement? I have normal vision but trying to improve it. Are there any side effects

Lutein & zeaxanthin: Lutein & zeaxanthin are anti-oxidants that help protect the retina against aging/stress. They do not make your eye worse. The best way to get these in your body is with natural foods unless you have confluent drusen in your retina (see eyedoc2020@blogspot.com). ...Read more

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How do lutein and zeaxanthin hormones affect breast cancer?

How do lutein and zeaxanthin hormones affect breast cancer?

I hope no adversity: Lutein is present in spinach and other dark leafy vegetables and when we eat it, our body makes zeaxantin. Both of these chemicals appear to be essential for healthy macular function (reading and color). Macular degeneration was studied by the national eye institute using a vitamin combination in the lat '80s and this study is being repeated using both lutein and zeaxanthin as well as fish oil. ...Read more

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Can I do cardio training (brisk walking, treadmill, cycling) in case of lattice degeneration + high myopia? Does lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry help?

Can I do cardio training (brisk walking, treadmill, cycling) in case of lattice degeneration + high myopia? Does lutein, zeaxanthin, bilberry help?

Go for it: Unless specifically restricted by your ophthalmologist or retina specialist lattice degeneration should not limit vigorous exercise. The vitamins and supplements you mentioned do not affect lattice one way or another. ...Read more

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Are eyevital/riconia caps (multivitamin antixoidants) safe to take along with lutein+zeaxanthine supplements for an extended period? Contraindication?

Are eyevital/riconia caps (multivitamin antixoidants) safe to take along with lutein+zeaxanthine supplements for an extended period? Contraindication?

safe: These products have been recommend to slow the progression of macular degeneration in those who already have this condition. There is no data or proof that they are preventative and no evidence that they are helpful in any way. So they might help/or might not but the only harm is the cost of the product. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lutein and is it good for you?

Hi doctors, can you tell me what is lutein and is it good for you?

Antioxidant: Lutein is a carotenoid that is found in high concentration in the central vision area of the eye called the macula. It helps to protect the eye from oxidative stress, & has been shown to help in macular degeneration. It may help decrease cataract formation. At least 6 mg daily is needed & generally is obtained in healthy diets of fruits & green leafy vegetables. Not known to be toxic In hi doses. ...Read more

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What is lutein?

What is lutein?

Antioxidant: Found in green leafy vegetables; protective/beneficial in patients with age-related macular degeneration. ...Read more

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I take two 20mg lutein pills a day, is that ok for me?

I take two 20mg lutein pills a day, is that ok for me?

Yes: Lutein is a natural carotenoids found in dark-green leafy vegetables and in egg yolks. These compounds may exert anti-inflammatory benefits along with preventing free-radical damage. This is all hypothetical or science based and there is little clinical evidence. Still a diet rich in vegetables is always a good idea! http://bit.Ly/lquwwr. ...Read more

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Want to know what benefits do super lutein have for our health?

Want to know what benefits do super lutein have for our health?

Lutein is an: Important carotenoid that has been discovered to play an important role in retinal function, specifically in the macula which is important for your primary vision. Recent studies found that lutein may decrease the risk of progression in age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Systemically, natural lutein intake (not supplements) has been positively linked to colon and breast cancer. ...Read more

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What are lutein supplements for?

What are lutein supplements for?

See below: Certain supplements have been shown to help patients with the moderate to severe forms of macular degeneration (vitamin c, vitamin, e, zinc, beta carotene) in the age-related eye disease study (areds). The results of areds2 will be out next year and will answer if lutein, zeaxanthine, and omega-3 fatty acids (dha, epa) help this disease also. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Ocuvite with lutein?

What are the side effects of Ocuvite with lutein?

Upset stomach: This product is generally well-tolerated but occasional patients complain of stomach ache or nausea. ...Read more

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What must I know before using lutein supplements?

What must I know before  using lutein supplements?

A few things: Lutein supplements are given as an adjunct for the support of the health of the macula. This is largely theoretical but there is a large nih study underway currently to study this particular substance. Since the fda does not regulate health store supplements, if you feel lutein is of value, get them from a source from a major pharmaceutical company like alcon or bausch and lom. ...Read more