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 (zē′ə-zăn′thēn′, -thĭn)
A yellow xanthophyll carotenoid, C40H56O2, that is found in yellow corn and in the leaves of many plants, in egg yolk, and in the retina, and that may help to prevent macular degeneration.

[New Latin Zēa, genus name of corn (from which zeaxanthin was first isolated); see zein + xanth(o)- + -in.]
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Noun1.zeaxanthin - yellow carotenoid (isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it) that is the main pigment in yellow Indian corn
carotenoid - any of a class of highly unsaturated yellow to red pigments occurring in plants and animals
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Researchers in the US found that the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin were almost ten times more powerful than vitamin E in protecting the cells from UV-induced damage.
UNITED KINGDOM--A new study published in Experimental Eye Research (July 2004) supports mounting evidence that it may be possible to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) by adding extra amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin to the diet.
The study showed that women with the highest intakes of vitamins C and E, riboflavin, folate, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin had a lower prevalence of nuclear opacification than did those with the lowest intakes of those nutrients.
Inside the lens are high levels of vitamins C and E as well as some lutein and zeaxanthin.
The new supplement contains essential antioxidants as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, which may help maintain macula health.
In addition to vitamin A, for which a role in eyesight is well established, evidence suggests that vitamins C and E and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin may be linked to a reduced risk for age-related eye diseases, in particular, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Phytochemicals is a broad term for the health-giving components of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, and seeds and includes antioxidants, beta-carotenoids, isoflavones, lutein, zeaxanthin, sulfur compounds, and folic acid, just to name a few and not to mention, of course, fiber.
In 1994, a Boston team provided compelling evidence that two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, help prevent this devastating disorder (SN: 11/12/94, p.
of the 50 to 60 other carotenoids in our food supply, researchers have been focusing particularly on alpha carotene (in carrots, for example), lycopene (in red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes and red peppers), beta cryptoxanthin (in oranges), and lutein and its close relative zeaxanthin (in broccoli and leafy greens, especially kale).
In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine the following market segments: lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, beta-carotene, and bilberry extracts.
Those pigments, lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin, have long been recognized for their importance in overall retinal protection.
Tagetes erecta and each MacuSave capsule contains 10mg meso-zeaxanthin, 10mg lutein and 2mg zeaxanthin.