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Astaxanthin in newly patented formula for eye health

June 14, 2017
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

In the new formulation astaxanthin is quickly incorporated into the eye’s vitreous humor where it acts as a potent blue light filter to protect the macular pigment degradation on the rod and cone surfaces.

The US Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Patent No. 9,610,313 to Florida-based Valensa International for its EyePro MD® formula, which claims eye healthcare benefits related to its blend of lutein, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin mixed with omega-3 essential oils from krill, algae or perilla seed.

The EyePro MD® patented formulas feature the process of purifying the all-natural ingredients through extraction and stabilization using Valensa’s proprietary O2B® peroxidation blocker technology and its Supercritical CO2 extraction technology.

The patent, titled “Eye Health Composition and Method using Plant-Derived Seed Extract Rich in Essential Fatty Acids Derived from Perilla Seed and Carotenoids,” outlines the numerous health benefits this combination of all-natural, ingredients provides in EyePro MD®. For example, the formula delivers macular carotenoid supplementation, phospholipids for enhanced bioavailability and omega-3 essential fatty acids known to support heart and cognitive functions.

“We have designed a small soft gel loaded with a potent combination of ingredients that can be absorbed efficiently to optimize eye health,” said Dr. John Minatelli, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Valensa. “Now with the patent IP in place, distributors and manufactures from the food and nutraceutical industry can include EyePro MD® in their products knowing there’s nothing else like it on the market.”

Research conducted in Japan on astaxanthin for the treatment of eye fatigue, accommodation and protection from blue light damage have confirmed that astaxanthin alone improved eye fatigue caused by blue light induced oxidative stress (Digital Eye) in humans.

According to Dr. Minatelli, these studies also confirmed that astaxanthin is quickly incorporated into the eye’s vitreous humor where it acts as a potent blue light filter to protect the macular pigment degradation on the rod and cone surfaces. This allows the carotenoid portfolio to reduce oxidative stress to the associated retinal and macular cells thus protecting and supporting eye health.

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