The National Health and Family Planning Commission of China has approved Kemin Industries’ zeaxanthin as a New Food Material.
The announcement offers manufacturers an exciting new opportunity to include natural zeaxanthin in supplements and foods for eye health benefits.
Dietary zeaxanthin and lutein are the carotenoids found in common foods and deposited in our eyes for vision health, with zeaxanthin more prevalent in the central region of the retina.
Kemin ZeaOne Zeaxanthin (distributed by DSM as Optisharp Natural Zeaxanthin) is a naturally-sourced zeaxanthin from the same company that produces FloraGlo Lutein.
ZeaOne Zeaxanthin provides the zeaxanthin form found in our diet, and is extracted from the petals of marigold flowers.
Zeaxanthin and lutein act as powerful antioxidants in the eye with clinically proven benefits for visual performance and function, in addition to age-related eye conditions such as age-related macular degeneration, AMD, and cataracts.
Studies have also shown that zeaxanthin and lutein protect eyes from exposure to blue light, part of visible light and the most harmful to our eyes.
The approved zeaxanthin is listed under its scientific name in Chinese, (3R,3’R)-dihydroxy-β-carotene, and up to 4 mg per day can be included in product formulations.