publication . Article . 2015

Why lutein is important for the eye and the brain

Maria Ramirez;
Open Access English
  • Published: 02 Oct 2015 Journal: Oilseeds and fats (issn: 2272-6977, eissn: 2257-6614, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: EDP Sciences
Abstract
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids that accumulate in the macula. The macula is a yellow spot near the center of the retina that is responsible of high resolution vision. Macular pigment acts as a natural blue light filter and protects the eye from damage. Macular pigment optical density (MPOD) increases with lutein administration and is related to visual function and to the prevention of age-related macular degeneration. MOPD can be measured non-invasively and has been related to better cognitive performance. Moreover, compositional analyses of centenarian brains have shown that lutein is the main carotenoid in the brain although not in plasma, indicating a ...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: eye diseasesfood and beveragessense organsgenetic structures
free text keywords: Lutein, zeaxanthin, brain, infant, nutrition, Oils, fats, and waxes, TP670-699, Agronomy and Crop Science, Food Science, Biochemistry, Retina, medicine.anatomical_structure, medicine, Macular degeneration, medicine.disease, chemistry.chemical_compound, chemistry, Carotenoid, chemistry.chemical_classification, Breast milk, Colostrum, Retinal, Biology, Endocrinology, medicine.medical_specialty, Internal medicine
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publication . Article . 2015

Why lutein is important for the eye and the brain

Maria Ramirez;