MacuShield® is a product owned and manufactured by Alliance Pharmaceuticals Ltd, Avonbridge House, Bath Road, Chippenham. Wiltshire. SN15 2BB. For more information on the range of products we manufacture, visit our corporate website on www.alliancepharmaceuticals.com
MacuShield was first manufactured in 2006 following the results of some interesting research into the role of three nutrients, Meso-zeaxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin. It was on this fact that the brand proudly states our slogan “Trust The Science”. That ethos of research still continues today and we continue to invest in both the safety and stability trials on the product to ensure the underlying safety of the product and also in new areas of potential for these nutrients.
There are 4 research centres worldwide which are dedicated to understanding these nutrients and identifying therapy areas where they can be used. There are now over 330 studies in this area.
What is MacuShield?
MacuShield began as a single product, MacuShield Original, a dietary supplement derived from the marigold flower (Tagetus Erecta) that combines the three macular carotenoids: Meso-Zeaxanthin, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.
We get these three nutrients exclusively from our diet, the Lutein and Zeaxanthin coming from dark green leafy veg and brightly coloured fruits, and the Meso-zeaxanthin coming from some types of fish and seafood.
Since its launch, the range of products has increased, but they all still revolve around this core message. With the introduction of MacuShield Gold and EnergEyes for more specific groups of people, the MacuShield brand is really gaining strength.
Antioxidants – Antioxidants are molecules which guard the body from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Carotenoids – Carotenoids are naturally occurring plant pigments found in nature. Over 700 carotenoids have been identified to date, which include the eye carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin.
Free Radicals – These are unstable and destructive molecules, produced at the eye from blue light and oxygen metabolism. As blue light is required for vision and oxygen use is required for life, free radical damage is the result of normal living, and is therefore unavoidable.
Lutein – A natural carotenoid entirely of dietary origin, which accumulates at the macula at the back of the eye. Lutein is most commonly found in dark green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale or peas.
Macula – It is the central and most sensitive part of the retina, responsible for central vision and detailed visual performance. Central vision is vital for basic everyday tasks such as reading, writing, watching television, driving and recognising faces.
Macular Pigment – The dietary carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin accumulate at the macula where they are collectively known as macular pigment.
Meso-Zeaxanthin – Meso-Zeaxanthin is the most central carotenoid found at the epicentre of the macula. Meso-Zeaxanthin is naturally occuring in the human food chain, found in several species of fish to date.
Oxidative Stress – Oxidative stress refers to damage by reactive, unstable molecules. These molecules, which include free radicals, are produced naturally in the body through oxygen metabolism but levels are also greatly increased in unhealthy individuals, e.g smoking, obesity.
Retina – The retina is the light-sensitive layer of tissue at the back of the inner eye. It acts like the film in a camera; images come through the eyes’ lens and are focused on the retina. The retina then converts these images to electric signals and sends them via the optic nerve to the brain.
Zeaxanthin – A natural carotenoid entirely of dietary origin, which accumulates at the macula at the back of the eye. Zeaxanthin is commonly found in brightly coloured fruit and vegetables such as peppers and sweetcorn.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is MacuShield available in a vegetarian capsule?
MacuShield is available in a vegetarian capsule available from most stockists. It has been approved by the vegetarian society for the UK. However, the Gold version is not currently available in a vegetarian option.
Can MacuShield be taken by diabetics?
Yes, MacuShield® does not contain any sucrose (sugar) and may be taken by diabetics.
How are the ingredients in MacuShield sourced?
The three carotenoids in MacuShield® are a derivative of the marigold flower Tagetes Erecta, sourced from Mexico and grown specifically for the production of Lutein, Zeaxanthin and Meso-Zeaxanthin.
How do I enrich my macular pigment?
MacuShield is a nutritional supplement and should not replace a balanced diet.
The macular pigment develops solely from our diet, thus it can be entirely absent from those with very poor diets. An average western diet contains approximately 1.3-3mg of these carotenoids each day. The best natural food sources of lutein and zeaxanthin are dark green leafy vegetables and other brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
|Kale (cooked)||1 cup||23.7|
|Frozen Spinach (cooked)||1 cup||20.4|
|Turnip greens (cooked)||1 cup||12.2|
|Spinach (raw)||1 cup||3.7|
|Green Peas (canned)||1 cup||2.2|
|Corn (canned)||1 cup||2.2|
|Broccoli (cooked)||1 cup||1.7|
|Carrots (cooked)||1 cup||1.1|
|Green beans (cooked)||1 cup||0.8|
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
I am a smoker/ex-smoker can I take MacuShied?
Yes, you can take MacuShield® if you are a smoker / ex-smoker as it does not contain beta-carotene.
What are the key benefits to MacuShield Gold over MacuShield?
MacuShield and MacuShield Gold both contain the three macular carotenoids. However, in addition, the Gold capsules contain a blend of high dose Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Copper.
What is Meso-Zeaxanthin?
Meso-zeaxanthin is one of the three macular carotenoids, but amounts in the diet are found to be low (found in some species of fish and fish skin).
Where can I buy MacuShield from?
MacuShield® is available from most opticians and pharmacies. Please click here to find a retailer near you. If you have any trouble in finding an accessible stockist then do not hesitate to use our ‘contact us’ and we will do our best to assist you.
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