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Americas: Dairy drink found to improve eye health

Consuming a dairy drink containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk significantly improves macular pigment optical density, visual acuity and plasma lutein concentration in healthy adult participants with regular signs of aging in the eyes, so called drusen and/or retinal pigment epithelial abnormalities, according to a study published in Journal of Ophthalmology.

The study was a one-year, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention trial conducted in adult subjects with ocular drusen and/or retinal pigment abnormalities.

The yearlong trial included 101 subjects, 52 in the MacuView group and 49 subjects in the control group.

“This study further confirms that MacuView has a profound effect on eye health,” said Jos Nelissen, CEO of Newtricious.

MacuView is a dairy drink available as a water dissolvable powder and a new ready-to-drink format.

“We’re pleased these results demonstrate that MacuView improves macular pigment optical density and sharpness of vision contributing to healthy vision.”

Results showed that participants consuming the MacuView drink had the following improvements: – An improvement in sharpness of vision, compared to decline in the control group.

– A 15.6% improvement from baseline in Macular Pigment Optical Density.

A 94% increase in plasma lutein concentrations.

– Dark adaptation rate showed a tendency to increase in the intervention group and a decrease in the control group.

MacuView was developed by Newtricious for improvement and maintenance of healthy vision and to inhibit the progression of impaired sight such as macular degeneration.

The product is based on a patented formulation of egg yolk and dairy, and contains natural ingredients that include lutein, zeaxanthin and DHA (omega-3); and all other vitamins and minerals that naturally occur in egg-yolk.

MacuView has been studied in four clinical studies that have included more than 400 individuals.

A fifth multi-center study in renowned KOL centers in the USA, Germany, UK and the Netherlands is almost completed.

Besides eye health, the product is in an ongoing clinical study tested on cognition with results expected in second quarter of 2016.