RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA –Blue California, an ingredient manufacturer in Southern California, announces a scientific seminar by leading macular pigment researcher John Landrum, PhD, at SupplyExpo 2005 in Anaheim, CA on March 19 at 10:30 am.
Lutein is the primary carotenoid in the macula (the central area of the eye’s retina). Lutein’s special ability to increase macular pigment and shield the eye from damaging sunlight has been shown to decrease the risk and significantly slow the progress of age-related macular degeneration.
Cecilia McCollum, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, explains, “We are proud to provide scientists and other professionals in our industry with the opportunity to learn the latest scientific research on carotenoids and formulation with lutein for vision and eye health products. The presentation, titled Lutein & Zeaxanthin: Recent Progress in Understanding the Role of Carotenoids in the Human Retina, will address carotenoids synthesis and definitions of xanthophyll, lutein, zeaxanthin and fatty acids, as well as explaining macular pigment, age-related macular degeneration and ocular health hazards.” McCollum hopes that participants will gain a better understanding of the differences between lutein esters and “free” lutein.
John T. Landrum, PhD
Dr. Landrum obtained his BS and MS from California State University, Long Beach. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Southern California in 1980. Dr. Landrum then joined the faculty at Florida International University in Miami and is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry there. He is most well known for his studies on the carotenoids that compose the human macular pigment. Dr. Landrum has directed graduate student research, published over 40 journal papers, and won teaching and research awards.
“The highest accumulation of lutein and zeaxanthin in the body is in the eye,” states Dr. Landrum. “Because of their high concentration in the eye and their high concentration at the point of greatest visual acuity, we believe they play an important role in the health of the macula.”
Blue California specializes in the manufacture of botanical extracts and other specialty ingredients using raw materials from around the world. Its ISO 9000-certified extraction facility produces high quality ingredients offered through its ISO 9001-certified headquarters in California and its East Coast office. In addition, Blue California offers a line of Kosher-certified ingredients, as well as value-added services such as blending, granulation, and milling.
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