Study Shows Tomato And Rosemary Alongside Lutein Protect Eyes

Friday, January 5th, 2018 | 1429 Views

A producer of natural ingredients, Lycored, has announced the results of it study which revealed tomatoes and rosemary with lutein could improve eye health.

The study has been published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal, Molecular Vision. It found that adding the phytonutrient combination of tomatoes and rosemary to a composition containing vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper can better balance the cellular response to different challenges and modulate specific biomarkers and key processes affecting eye health.

The research was funded by the natural ingredients producer and carried out by scientists at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre in Israel. Due to the successful results from the pre-clinical ex-vivo study—designed to assess the effect of Lycoinvision on immune cells from patients with age-related macular degeneration—the research program will proceed with a clinical study.

To arrive at their findings, Monocyte (bacteria-fighting white blood cell) immune cells were separated from the blood of patients with age-related macular degeneration and matured to macrophages.

From there, each patient’s cells were treated with different combinations of nutrients, revealing the most potent combination to be the one containing lycopene and Carnosic acid in addition to the well-researched lutein/zeaxanthin and minerals zinc and copper. This combination was shown to boost overall natural protection mechanisms against different stresses and provide antioxidant protection.

“The exact role that lycopene plays in eye health has been a long-standing mystery, as lycopene does not accumulate in the eye. This study allowed us to finally reveal the pivotal and synergistic role that it plays in vision protection,” said Dr Karin Hermoni, head of science and nutrition team at Lycored. “The current study emphasises that although lycopene does not contribute directly to macular pigmentation (like lutein does), it works in tandem with the other nutrients to help create the most potent combination of eye-protecting nutrients.”