Monday, April 8, 2013

Jarrow Formulas Lutein 20mg

American Optometric Association says there is no recommended daily intake for lutein and zeaxanthin, most recent studies show a health benefit for lutein supplementation at 10 mg/day and leaxanthin supplementation at 2 mg/day.

Lutein (LOO-teen) and zeaxanthin are important nutrients found in green leafy vegetables as well as other foods such as eggs. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

AMD and cataract incidence are growing. Worldwide, more than 25 million people are affected by age-related macular degeneration and the formation of cataracts. AMD is the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55 in the Western world and the incidence is expected to triple by 2025.

This is captured from the American Optometric Association website.  I wasn’t sure how to rate something like this as how do you know that it is working unless you conduct a double blind study with statistically viable numbers over a decade.  Since I don’t have a decade or population to conduct such study, I am dependent on my own research.  My ophthalmologist has recommended taking Lutein.   This product provides that at a reasonable price of $9.99 at Amazon.  The star rating is based on value for the money, it does NOT say this will work or is working since I have no way to prove that.   However considering the consequences of blindness, I will take whatever steps necessary to possibly prevent it. 

If reviewing a product, it may have been received free of charge. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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