MacuShield® Original was first manufactured in 2006 where it was launched in the UK market. Since then the brand has grown from strength to strength and is now sold in many different countries across the world. In 2015 MacuShield® was acquired by Alliance Pharma PLC Group. Alliance Pharma PLC is a publicly owned international pharmaceutical company listed on the AIM, part of the London Stock Exchange.
What is MacuShield®?
MacuShield® began as a single product, MacuShield® Original, a dietary supplement derived from the marigold flower (Tagetes 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 vegetables 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 formula.
Carotenoids – Carotenoids are naturally occurring plant pigments found in nature. Over 700 carotenoids have been identified to date, which include the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin.
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. The carotenoids luten, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin can be found at the macula.
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 occurring 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.
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® Original Formula is available in a vegetarian capsule available from most stockists. It is Vegetarian Society approved for the UK. However, the Gold version is not currently available in a vegetarian option.
We have now launched MacuShield® Original Chewable. A MacuShield® product in bilberry flavoured chewable tablet which is vegan/vegetarian friendly.
Can MacuShield® Original and MacuShield® Gold be taken by diabetics?
Yes, MacuShield® Original and MacuShield® Gold do not contain any sucrose (sugar) and may be taken by diabetics.
How are the ingredients in MacuShield® products sourced?
The three carotenoids in all MacuShield® products are a derivative of the marigold flower Tagetes erecta, sourced and grown specifically for the production of lutein, zeaxanthin and meso-zeaxanthin.
Are there dietary sources of macular carotenoids?
The macular pigment develops solely from our diet. 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.
MacuShield® products are nutritional supplements and should not replace a balanced diet.
I am a smoker/ex-smoker can I take MacuShield® Original?
Yes, you can take MacuShield® Original if you are a smoker / ex-smoker as it does not contain beta-carotene.
What are the differences between MacuShield® Gold and MacuShield® Original?
MacuShield® Original and MacuShield® Gold both contain the three macular carotenoids. However, the MacuShield® Gold capsules also contain a blend of high dose Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Copper. We also offer a MacuShield® Original Chewable which provides a MacuShield® Original Formula with added vitamin B2.
What is Meso-zeaxanthin?
Meso-zeaxanthin is one of the three macular carotenoids. It is particularly concentrated at the centre of the macular pigment.
Where can I buy MacuShield® products from?
MacuShield® products are available from most opticians and pharmacies. Find a retailer near you. Please note that our products are also available in Boots stores but do not appear on the stockist locator. 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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