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Taking vitamin supplements will not prevent a common eye disease
Latest evidence published in the Cochrane Library suggests that taking vitamin supplements, such as vitamin E or beta-carotene, may not prevent the common eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  See additional resources at the bottom of this pageAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive and sight-threatening disease affecting the central area of the retina and affects large numbers of people across the world. Population-based studies suggest that in older people (80 years and older), approximately one in three people have early signs of the disease.There are numerous unanswered questions in ...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Taking vitamin supplements may slow down the progression of a common eye disease
Latest evidence published in the Cochrane Library suggests that taking a multivitamin supplement that includes vitamin E, carotenoids (beta-carotene or lutein or zeaxanthin), vitamin C, and zinc may slow down the progression of the common eye disease age-related macular degeneration (AMD).See additional resources at the bottom of the pageAge-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive and sight-threatening disease affecting the central area of the retina and affects large numbers of people across the world. Population-based studies suggest that in older people (80 years and older), approximately one in three people...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 31, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers benefits during high screen exposure
(OmniActive Health Technologies) An exciting new peer reviewed publication based on ongoing research on macular carotenoids from the University of Georgia demonstrates that supplementation with lutein and zeaxanthin isomers can protect against a growing issue among the general population -- the undesirable effects of prolonged exposure to high-energy blue light emitted from digital screens of computers, tablets and smartphones. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 10, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Leafy Greens Good for the Eyes Also Boost Kids' Brain Function Leafy Greens Good for the Eyes Also Boost Kids' Brain Function
It is known that higher levels of retinal carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin improve cognition in the elderly. New research shows they improve cognitive function and academic performance in children too.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

5 Ways We Can Begin Taking Preventative Measures Today To Improve Brain Fitness
This study was one of the catalysts for other researchers to begin exploring just how malleable the brain truly is, and how brain performance can be improved through deliberate practice. Combine these two categories of brain health—diagnosable diseases and “brain fitness”—and suddenly a new conversation has risen: can neuroplasticity-based brain training and related research-to-practice innovation actually impact mental health, help improve people’s lives, and finally, have a significant impact on the associated economic issues. BrainFutures thinks so. BrainFutures 2017, a conference set for ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Role of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in Diabetic Retinopathy Role of Lutein and Zeaxanthin in Diabetic Retinopathy
Explore the protective role of the hydroxycarotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin in the pathogenesis of diabetic retinopathy.The British Journal of Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Journal Article Source Type: news

Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers demonstrates improved psychological stress levels
(OmniActive Health Technologies) Lutein and zeaxanthin isomers -- known as the macular carotenoids -- are traditionally associated with eye health, but researchers at the University of Georgia found an interesting connection to their function in brain health, showing that they improved psychological stress levels and reduced serum cortisol. The LAMA II (an acronym for Lutein, Vision and Mental Acuity II) study was the subject of a recent paper, which was published in the journal Nutritional Neuroscience, 2017 (Stringham, et al.). (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How To Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Italy's Emma Morano will be celebrating her 117th birthday at the end of this month. She's the oldest living person in the world. And when she was asked what her secret to longevity was, she didn't miss a beat. Her answer? She eats two or three eggs every day.  I'm not at all surprised by Emma's long, healthy life. People thrived on eggs for millions of years. The Myth of Eggs and Cholesterol That is, until the 1950s, when they came under attack because they're high in cholesterol. Around that time, cholesterol was blamed for causing heart disease. And we now know that's not true. Choleste...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - December 15, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Anti-Aging Source Type: news

Why You Need to Stop Eating Egg Whites
Scan the “healthy” section of a brunch menu and there you’ll find it: the world’s saddest order, the egg white omelet. This time will be different, you think, these things aren’t so bad, but then you stare down at the flat, pale pancake of liquid protein and think to yourself: Why do I do this to myself? You do it because you were told to. We all were. Until just recently, experts warned that dietary cholesterol causes spikes in blood cholesterol, which in turn clogs arteries and hurts the heart. Cholesterol is found in the yellows, not the whites, so down the drain went the yolks. Left behi...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - October 25, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Mandy Oaklander Tags: Uncategorized cholesterol Diet/Nutrition egg egg white egg whites egg whites 24/7 egg yolk egg yolks smoking lutein Source Type: news

How To Protect Your Eyesight
If you’re one of the 40% of Americans who wears glasses or contact lenses for distance viewing, you probably believe your bad vision is genetic. It’s not. But the belief that myopia — or nearsightedness — is hereditary is so prevalent that no one even questions it. If you have trouble seeing faraway objects, you’ll just be given a prescription for glasses. Your eye doctor isn’t interested in finding out the true cause of your poor eyesight. Myopia Epidemic And that’s a shame, because the rates of myopia are rising in epidemic proportions around the world. It’s even worse in ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - September 30, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

I ON BEAUTY Chapter 21: BEST FOODS FOR AN ANTI-AGING DIET
PHOTO COURTESY OF IRENE MICHAELS Diet is a necessary component in both physical and mental health. It is what determines how physically and mentally fit you are for coping with the daily challenges of life. All of us want to feel (and look) young forever. While that may not be exactly possible, these age-defying foods will help you preserve energy levels and look younger. Olive Oil: Almost four decades ago, a group of researchers from Seven Countries Study stated that the monounsaturated fats found in olive oils were extremely beneficial for individuals suffering from heart diseases and cancer. Today, it is widely known...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eye Strain Caused by Digital Screens
I’ve noticed a frightening trend occurring around the world. Instances of eye problems are increasing with rapid numbers. Problems like myopia – once thought to be genetic – are going up exponentially with each passing year. Many eye diseases have no early symptoms. You may not see a change in your vision until the disease has become advanced. Are Eye Problems Genetic? We have to look at the bigger picture here… eye problems aren’t always genetic, and there are changes in our environment that are having a negative impact on our eyesight. Serious Eye Problems That Affects Your Vision One area ...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 24, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Health Source Type: news

The Nicaraguan Diet: Simple, Low-cost, Delicious and Nutritious
The mention of Nicaragua usually conjures thoughts of political instability and poverty but with the growth of tourism this perception is slowly changing. Nicaragua is fast becoming known as a beautiful land of lakes, volcanoes and beaches, however, it does not have a reputation as a culinary destination. Visitors to this Central American country do not expect to consume tasty food; to the contrary, concerns over what to eat may be high on their list. The reality is that the Nicaraguan diet is influenced by Spanish, Creole, and Indigenous cuisine, and although the dishes are simple, they are delicious, and for those wantin...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

3 Overlooked Natural Treatments for Prostate Cancer
If you have prostate problems, your options for treatment are pretty limited — at least according to mainstream medicine. The chances are if you have an enlarged prostate, your doctor will give you advice like… “go to the bathroom when you feel the urge”… or “don’t drink a lot at once.” Or they’ll prescribe medication. But these synthetic drugs have a history of nightmarish side effects for someone already dealing with an unpredictable prostate. Many of the drugs you’ll be prescribed also decrease sex drive and in many cases cause impotence.1 And if you have sur...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - January 27, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Natural Cures carotenoids enlarged prostate Lycopene natural treatment prostate cancer Source Type: news

7 Pantry Essentials Dietitians Always Have On Hand
As a dietitian, I often recommend – and include in my own diet – foods that provide the biggest nutritional bang for the buck. These powerhouse picks go above and beyond simply satisfying hunger. They also help prevent diseases, according to research. So, check out seven of the hardest-working foods that nutrition pros like me always have on hand. How many are in your pantry? Canola and Extra-Virgin Olive Oils With recent headlines stating, "Butter Is Back,” you may be confused about what fats are best for your health and whether or not saturated fats like those found in butter, bacon and red me...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 28, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Carotenoid-Rich Diet May Protect Against Advanced Eye DiseaseCarotenoid-Rich Diet May Protect Against Advanced Eye Disease
Dietary components lutein and zeaxanthin reduced the risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration in a large prospective cohort. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - October 15, 2015 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Supplements That Save Lives And Bucks
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about the high cost of medical care these days. The fact is that as costs continue to skyrocket, more and more Americans are driven into bankruptcy, because they cannot pay their medical bills. Too often, they even lose their homes. You may have even lost a neighbor to this disturbing trend. It may have even happened to you – although, I certainly hope not. That’s one reason I have always dedicated myself to keeping my patients out of hospitals – which often see patients as cash cows, instead of human beings. And a cornerstone of this philosophy has been based...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - June 3, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Nutrition supplements vitamins Source Type: news

The One Food Nutritionists Eat Every Single Day
By Sarah-Jane Bedwell, SELF While registered dietitians certainly recommend balance, variety, and moderation to ensure you get all the necessary nutrients that you need, they have "personal superfoods" that they reach for on a regular basis for both nutrition and convenience purposes. From turmeric smoothies to chocolate and peanut butter combos, dietitians around the country share the foods they eat every single day. Citrus Fruit I eat some form of vitamin C and potassium packed citrus each day because the delightfully refreshing flavors are a great reminder that good nutrition should taste great! It might be...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

6 Whole Grains To Try
SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Maureen Callahan Including plenty of whole grains in your diet puts you at lower risk for diabetes, heart disease and certain kinds of cancer. Studies show it also can help trim belly fat and make statin drugs (that lower cholesterol) more effective. Yet, most Americans are lucky if they eat one whole grain serving a day. And that’s too bad. There’s a big wide world of healthy whole grains, each with distinct flavors and health benefits for the fiftysomething years. We’re not talking about oatmeal, popcorn or ever-popular quinoa. Here are six lesser-known whole grains sho...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - November 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supplements not associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease in elderly
Daily dietary supplements of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (also found in fish) or lutein and zeaxanthin (nutrients found in green leafy vegetables) were not associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) in elderly patients with the eye disease age-related macular degeneration. Diet studies have suggested that increased intake of fish, a source of omega (ω)-3 fatty acids, can reduce rates of cardiac death, death from all other causes and heart attack. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Space veggies could be made more nutritious by bright pulses of light
Exposing leafy vegetables grown during spaceflight to a few bright pulses of light daily could increase the amount of eye-protecting nutrients produced by the plants, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder.One of the concerns for astronauts during future extended spaceflights will be the onslaught of eye-damaging radiation they'll be exposed to. But astronauts should be able to mitigate radiation-induced harm to their eyes by eating plants that contain carotenoids, especially zeaxanthin, which is known to promote eye health. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Lutein and Zeaxanthin: How to keep your eyes healthy
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are a group of carotenoids that are responsible for giving plants their yellow and red-orange pigment. In humans, the two substances play important roles in vision, eye pigmentation, and may even help prevent atherosclerosis and cancer, according... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 25, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy eating can protect eyesight
When it comes to protecting your vision, what you eat may affect what you see, reports the August 2013 Harvard Health Letter. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in food play a role in preventing two common causes of vision problems: cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Cataracts are cloudy areas in the lens of the eye, while macular degeneration is a deterioration of the macula, the part of the eye that controls central vision. "While there is no definite proof, some studies suggest that eating a diet rich in certain nutrients may help," says Dr. Ivana Kim, associate professor of ophthalmolo...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - August 1, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Skin HealthLutein, Zeaxanthin, and Skin Health
Recent animal studies suggest that lutein and zeaxanthin, two unique carotenoid molecules, may prevent and even combat UV-induced skin damage. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 7, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dermatology Journal Article Source Type: news

New Study Links Lutein, Zeaxanthin And Omega-3 Supplementation With Eye Health Benefits
DSM and Kemin welcome the results of the latest trial to indicate that the nutritional intake of lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) may be beneficial for patients affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD)... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Adding Omega-3 Fatty Acids And Lutein/Zeaxanthin To Formulation Does Not Further Reduce Risk Of Progression To Advanced AMD
In a large, multicenter, randomized clinical trial that included persons at high risk for progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), adding the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, or both to a formulation of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that has shown effectiveness in reducing risk did not further reduce risk of progression to advanced AMD, according to a study published by JAMA. The study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - May 8, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

No Benefit for Aging Eyes with More Antioxidants (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Adding lutein, zeaxanthin, and fish oil to daily multivitamin supplements doesn't boost prevention of age-related macular degeneration or cataracts in high-risk individuals, two analyses of the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) showed. (Source: MedPage Today Ophthalmology)
Source: MedPage Today Ophthalmology - May 6, 2013 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Adding fish oil or lutein/zeaxanthin recommended supplement cocktail does not slow vision loss from macular degeneration
A study including Baylor College of Medicine researchers shows that adding fish oil to a recommended mix of vitamins does not further reduce the progression of age-related macular degeneration. (Source: Baylor College of Medicine News)
Source: Baylor College of Medicine News - May 6, 2013 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease
Adding omega-3 fatty acids did not improve a combination of nutritional supplements commonly recommended for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The plant-derived antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin also had no overall effect on AMD when added to the combination; however, they were safer than the related antioxidant beta-carotene, according to the study published online today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Source: News from NEI)
Source: News from NEI - May 5, 2013 Category: Opthalmology Tags: News and Events Source Type: news

Study evaluates effect of different supplements on reducing risk of progression to advanced AMD
(The JAMA Network Journals) In a large, multicenter, randomized clinical trial that included persons at high risk for progression to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), adding the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, or both to a formulation of antioxidant vitamins and minerals that has shown effectiveness in reducing risk did not further reduce risk of progression to advanced AMD, according to a study published by JAMA. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 5, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

NIH study provides clarity on supplements for protection against blinding eye disease
(NIH/National Eye Institute) Adding omega-3 fatty acids did not improve a combination of nutritional supplements commonly recommended for treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of vision loss among older Americans, according to a study from NIH. The plant-derived antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin also had no overall effect on AMD when added to the combination; however, they were safer than the related antioxidant beta-carotene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 5, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Randomized Trial Examines Supplementation In Age-Related Macular Degeneration
JAMA Ophthalmology Study Highlights A randomized trial by Christin Arnold, Dipl-Troph, of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and colleagues found that a supplement containing a fixed combination of lutein, zeaxanthin and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) during 12 months significantly improved plasma antioxidant capacity, circulating macular xanthophyll levels and optical density of the macular pigment... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 21, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Nature-Identical Zeaxanthin Receives Novel Food Approval
DSM Nutritional Products is pleased to report that on January 24, 2013 the European Commission approved the use of nature-identical Zeaxanthin in the European Union as an ingredient in food supplements. The decision follows a positive EFSA safety assessment delivered on September 13, 2012, which concluded that the use level for Zeaxanthin does not raise safety concerns. This opens up the 27 EU-member state market to DSM's Zeaxanthin brand OPTISHARP®[1]. Together with Lutein, Zeaxanthin is one of the main components of the macular pigment selectively deposited into the human macula... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 31, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Regulatory Affairs / Drug Approvals Source Type: news

Eating your 5 A DAY 'could make you more optimistic'
Conclusion This is well-conducted research which has used a validated measure to assess the optimism of a sample of middle-aged American citizens and measure their blood antioxidant levels. The researchers found a link between higher carotenoid levels and higher optimism, but as the researchers rightly conclude, their findings do not prove cause and effect and it isn’t possible to say in which direction the relationship is going. It is possible that having higher levels of antioxidants in the body leads to better physical health and this in turn enhances optimism, but then it is equally possible that people who are i...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 18, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Mental health Source Type: news