Vitamin A is essential to the healthy functioning of a number of biological processes, including vision, the integrity of mucosal and epithelial surfaces, and the body's immune defence system. While many individuals are able to convert provitamin A carotenoids, like beta carotene, into active vitamin A, recent research has revealed that genetic variations can limit the ease of this conversion for some. Genetic variations in the enzyme BCMO1 (β-Carotene 15,15’-monooxygenase 1) can decrease the conversion efficacy of carotenoids into retinal by up to 69%. Known as single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), these common variations can be bypassed with dietary retinol (vitamin A).
Since variations in the BCMO1 gene have also been associated with macular pigment density, this formula includes a blend of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin, the two carotenoids found in macular pigment, are antioxidants that help to maintain good eye health. Astaxanthin further supports antioxidant defences by protecting the phospholipid membranes of cells from oxidative damage.
Vitamin A with lutein, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin
Vitamin A (vitamin A acetate) 1494 mcg RAE (5000 IU),FloraGlo® Lutein (fromTagetes erecta herb flowering oleoresin) 3 mg, OPTISHARP® Zeaxanthin 500 mcg, AstaRea ®l Astaxanthin (from Haematococcus pluvialis) 500 mcg.
Red beet root powder, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Purified water, Hypoallergenic plant cellulose.
Adults: Take 1 capsule daily with a meal or as directed by a healthcare practitioner
Do not use if you are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family. Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.