More good news for patients with macular degeneration

Lutein Information Bureau hails today’s National Eye Institute study

DES MOINES, IOWA (Oct. 12, 2001) – While the National Eye Institute study released today cites the importance of the combination of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc in significantly retarding age-related macular degeneration, Robert Abel, M.D., reminds consumers about the abundant scientific information that also indicates that the antioxidant lutein helps reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

“Lutein works as an antioxidant in the eye and has a great deal of scientific corroboration regarding its effectiveness in healthy vision. Studies are scientifically proving that the combination of the essential vitamins – and lutein – benefit aging Americans and people at risk for macular degeneration,” said Dr. Abel, chairman of the Lutein Information Bureau advisory board. “As a matter of fact, there is demonstrable evidence in healthy and donor eyes, that lutein plays a more important role than beta-carotene in retinal health.”

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the major carotenoids present in the retina of healthy eyes. Lutein is an abundant carotenoid found in many fruits and vegetables and, in nature, protects cells against light-induced damage. Spinach and kale contain the highest levels of lutein, but it is also present in such foods as corn and egg yolks.

The Lutein Information Bureau ( is sponsored by Kemin Foods, a global manufacturer and marketer of purified FloraGLO® brand lutein for the food/beverage, dietary supplement and personal care markets.

To contact Dr. Robert Abel, call him at 302-477-2600

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