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OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin in particular. In one trial, both supplements were shown to support blood fl ow to specifi c brain regions and increase neural activation. 1 "The authors suggest that lutein and zeathanthin may work to buffer the effects of cognitive aging by increasing blood fl ow to areas of the brain at risk for poor cerebral perfusion and the subsequent age-related impairment," Snyder said. Another study found the supplements supported cognitive fl exibility and attention. 2 The compounds' brain-boosting benefi ts may even extend to younger people, with one trial showing FloraGLO Lutein and OPTISHARP Zeaxanthin enhanced spatial memory, reasoning ability and complex attention in young, healthy adults. 3 Other products have yielded similarly impressive results. OmniActive's forthcoming Lutein and Mental Acuity (LAMA) study showed macular carotenoids like Lutemax 2020™ (a marigold extract providing lutein and enhanced levels of RR- and RS [meso]-zeaxanthin) yielded a signifi cant increase in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). 4 "This protein plays a role in neuroplasticity, which is the ability to maintain the health of neurons in the brain and create new ones," said Brian Appell, marketing manager at OmniActive Health Technologies. Vision Performance Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin isomers are perhaps best known for their ability to support eye health. "Out of more than 600 carotenoids found in nature, only three—lutein, RR-zeaxanthin and RS (meso)-zeaxanthin—are found in the eye where they form a protective layer in the macula," Appell explained. Not only is the macula the part of the retina responsible for the highest visual performance, it's also the area most susceptible to photo-oxidative damage from constant exposure to high-energy light like blue light, he added. Lutein and zeaxanthin play critical roles in supporting a range of visual functions, too. 5,6 They're essential for contrast sensitivity, which is needed for driving in low light or navigating dimly lit rooms. The macular carotenoids also absorb light as it enters the eye, reducing blinding glares from the sun or digital devices. "Without them, light would bounce around inside the eye, similar to the way light bounces off a mirror," Appell said. "If your eye can't absorb the light, you can't see clearly." Finally, lutein and zeaxanthin aid in photostress recovery, when the eyes must quickly adjust to bright fl ashes or sudden changes in light intensity. "Without photostress recovery, the fl ash would leave us blinded for longer periods of time before we could see again," Appell explained. Lutein and zeaxanthin can also deliver special benefi ts for the visual function of older adults. The second Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS2), which looked at FloraGLO Lutein, concluded 10 mg of lutein and 2 mg of zeaxanthin added to the AREDS formula (vitamins C and E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper) lowered the risk of AMD and cataract progression in an at-risk population. 7,8,9 Research has also confi rmed that chronic overexposure to blue light has the potential to damage retinal tissues. 10 "Kemin Health is the author of a patent showing how lutein fi lters bright light to help protect eyes that may be most vulnerable to damage from blue light," 11 Snyder said. Cardiovascular Health Carotenoids don't just exert a positive impact on the brain and the eyes. They've also been shown to have a positive effect on heart health. Within the last few years, Lycored embarked on the launch of Cardiomato™, a synergistic, cardio- optimized tomato nutrient complex. The supplement was inspired by the benefi ts of the tomato-derived carotenoid lycopene and its synergy with other tomato Supplements: Carotenoids Not all salts can be used in organic certifi ed products. That's why SaltWorks® is proud to off er the highest quality organic-compliant ingredient salts, ideal for clean label manufacturing. LEVEL 2 | EXCELLENT RATING Discover a Better Salt Supplier 800-353-7258 | I s Yo u r S a l t I s Yo u r S a l t ORGANIC COMPLIANT? These small-but-mighty compounds have been found to support several important health issues that affect consumers of all ages.

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