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J Nutr. 2002 Mar;132(3):540S-542S.

Possible biologic mechanisms for a protective role of xanthophylls.

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Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, Boston, MA 02111-1837, USA. norman.krinsky@tufts.edu

Abstract

This contribution surveys the evidence linking the presence of the two xanthophylls, lutein and zeaxanthin, to a protective role in the macular region of the retina. Although the evidence is still associative in nature, it is biologically plausible, and may be resolved with additional intervention trials.

PMID:
11880589
DOI:
10.1093/jn/132.3.540S
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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