Macula Plus Dietary Supplement: Eye Protection - Reviews, Dosage
Macula Plus is an exceptional supplement containing lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin in ideal amounts. It is developed from Tagetes erecta, a plant that supports eye health.
What is in Macula Plus?
The formulation Macula Plus contains four different antioxidants:
Lutein is a carotenoid pigment not produced by the body, but provided solely by the diet. It’s found in eggs, but primarily in dark green vegetables - kale (24 mg par portion), spinach (20 mg), marrow (3 à 4 mg), broccoli (2 mg), peas (2 mg) – as well as in corn (2 mg)…
By way of comparison, the supplement Macula Plus contains 10 mg per daily dose (1 softgel).
Research shows that Western populations consume just 1g-2g a day on average (1). Smokers and regular drinkers are likely to have increased requirements for lutein.
Astaxanthin is a pink-to-red coloured molecule with strong antioxidant potency, also from the carotenoid family. It is mainly found in seafood : red algae, salmon (2mg-3mg per portion of Atlantic salmon), trout, crab, shrimps, lobster, crayfish … Wild species are thought to have a higher astaxanthin content than their farmed equivalents.
Astaxanthin’s fragility and sensitivity to light and heat, coupled with its low solubility, make it a particularly precious compound. Even more so as astaxanthin-containing foods are eaten less and less by Western populations, and are increasingly contaminated by heavy metals.
The formulation Macula Plus contains 2mg per daily dose .
- Zeaxanthin, again not produced by the body, is the pigment responsible for the colour of paprika, corn and saffron. It’s primarily found in plant leaves, so in cabbages, Swiss chard, mustard greens, spinach, Romaine lettuce, dandelion leaves, watercress, and also spirulina.
Macula Plus contains 5mg per daily dose (2.5 mg of zeaxanthin + 2.5 mg of meso-zeaxanthin, its stereoisomer).
- Cyanidine-3-glucoside is a relatively unstable pigment found mainly in red fruits and the petals of brightly-coloured flowers. Raspberries (0.5mg per 100g), blackcurrants (25mg), cherries (18mg), cranberries (8mg) and pomegranate juice (3mg) are the main dietary sources but they’re unfortunately very seasonal …
Macula Plus provides around 4mg per softgel.
Which other supplements can be combined with Macula Plus?
Macula Plus combines very well with Eye Pressure Control, a formulation rich in anthocyanins which supports vascular eye health, and Smart Eyes™, a supplement containing N-acetyl L-carnosine.
Two micronutrients and a trace element are also involved in visual function:
- DHA (an omega-3 fatty acid concentrate in Super Omega-3) helps to maintain normal vision.
- Vitamin B2 (found in liver, eggs, dairy products and fish) helps to optimise vision.
- Zinc (L-OptiZinc® 30 mg) supports healthy visual function.
What is the macula?
The macula is the area of the retina responsible for visual acuity, characterised by a high concentration of photoreceptors and pigments (2) (the role of which is to reduce chromatic aberration and glare (3)). It’s in the macular that light rays converge before being converted into nerve signals.
How much Macula Plus should you take?
Like all carotenoids, lutein is best absorbed with some fat, because it is liposoluble. It’s therefore best to take the softgel with a meal, even though the supplement already contains natural-source fatty acids (beeswax, soya lecithin, soya oil).
The recommended dose is 1 softgel a day.
How does Macula Plus differ from other supplements of this kind?
- Many supplements contain pathetically-low levels of lutein (0.25mg-2mg), which are much too low to have a significant effect.
- Taking several carotenoids at the same time is thought to boost their action (synergistic effect). There are very few formulations offering lutein, astaxanthin and zeaxanthin in a single softgel.
- Macula plus contains healthy fatty acids which promote the absorption of the liposoluble carotenoids.
This product should not be used to replace a varied, balanced diet or healthy lifestyle. Follow the advice on use, the recommended daily dose and the use-by date. Not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or for children under 15. Keep out of young children’s reach. Store in a cool, dry place.
|Daily dose : 1 softgel
Number of doses per pack : 60
|Amount per dose
|Nutri-Mz® (extract of Tagetes erecta)
|Other ingredients : beeswax, soya lecithin, soya oil.
Nutri-Mz® - Howard Foundation, UK.
US Patents #6,218,436 & 6,329,432, European Patent # 0 831 797.
(*Making a total of 2.5 mg zeaxanthin)
Directions for use
Adults. Take one softgel a day, with food, or as advised by your therapist.
Warning : contains soya oil
Value for money
J'utilise ce produit depuis de longs mois et cela m'aide beaucoup.
Je n'ai plus eu de problèmes depuis que je l'utilise.
Shu chu yung Tchen
Efficace pour freiner l’évolution de mon glaucome
Tres bon je crois
ISTITUTO RUDY LANZA S.R.L.
Qualità eccezionale. Si vedono i risultati.
Je ne sais pas trop quoi en dire, pour être honnête. Pour mon mari, cela fonctionne parfaitement bien (amélioration de la vision), mais personnellement, je ne mesure pas trop d'effet... Ma vue baisse moins vite, peut-être ? Le prix est un peu dissuasif dans mon cas. Mais bon...
produit de tès haute qualité
Una super scelta...un super prodotto
Questo prodotto è molto efficace anche su i soggetti molto anziani, per un problema della macula degenerativa dei occhi.
Oui mais très cher mon mari l’utilise parce qu’il souffre de la macula humide
JE N'AI RIEN TROUVE DE PLUS
- Mares-Perlman JA, Millen AE, et al. The body of evidence to support a protective role for lutein and zeaxanthin in delaying chronic disease. Overview. J Nutr. 2002 Mar;132(3):518S-524S. Review.
- Rougier MB, Delyfer MN, Korobelnik JF. Le pigment maculaire et sa mesure in vivo. Journal Français d'Ophtalmologie, Vol 31, N° 4 - avril 2008 pp. 445-453, Doi : JFO-04-2008-31-4-0181-5512-101019-200802524
- Engles M, Wooten B, Hammond B. Macular Pigment: a test of the acuity hypothesis. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 2007;48:2922-31.