New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

- Last updated on GMT

New lutein and zeaxanthin forms launched

Related tags: Eye health, Zeaxanthin, Lutein

Ingredient giants DSM and Kemin have debuted forms of lutein and zeaxanthin for use in tablets and soft gels via their partnership on the eye health carotenoids.

The marigold-sourced nutrients have performed well in some Asian supplement markets and the US but less so in Europe where no authorised health claims exist, but the firms remain positive about the sector and committed to further investment in it.

The forms are a zeaxanthin powder (Optisharp) for tablets as well as gummies, chewables and sticks and a 5:1 lutein-zeaxanthin blend (FloraGlo) aimed at the soft gel market.

“Further product forms are currently under development, and we remain equally focused on our ongoing commitment to fund new trials to investigate the positive role these carotenoid ingredients play in improving both eye health and visual performance,”​ said Jens Birrer, DSM global marketing manager, in a statement.

A thin macular pigment can allow the blue light through and destroy the cells. Maintaining high levels of both carotenoids, and therefore the macular pigment, is a valid approach to maintaining eye health and reducing the risk of diseases, like (AMD), which tends to affect older people.

The link between lutein and eye health was first reported in 1994 by Dr Johanna Seddon and her co-workers at Harvard University, who found a link between the intake of carotenoid-rich food, particularly dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, and a significant reduction in AMD (JAMA​, Vol. 272, pp. 1413-1420).

The global market for lutein and zeaxanthin is estimated to be about €130m, with the US the biggest market.

Related news

Show more

Related products

show more

Enzyme-Powered, Plant-Based Antioxidant Ingredient

Enzyme-Powered, Plant-Based Antioxidant Ingredient

Deerland Probiotics & Enzymes | 19-Nov-2019 | Product Catalog

An innovative and totally unique process breaks down the cell wall of organic spinach – something the body struggles to do-- while still preserving the...

CAN CURCUMIN GET ANY HOTTER?

CAN CURCUMIN GET ANY HOTTER?

SABINSA | 11-Oct-2019 | Data Sheet

Sabinsa’s patented, colorless, Curcumin C3 Reduct® is self-affirmed GRAS and Future Ready, being 250 times more effective than curcumin in activating AMP...

Related suppliers

Follow us

Featured Events

View more

Products

View more

Webinars