Lutein and Zeaxanthin Improve Sports Vision for Athletes

Thursday, May 15, 2008 General News J E 4
LONG ISLAND, N.Y., May 15 Two nutrients found in certainfruits and vegetables can improve sports vision for athletes. Thesephytonutrients are lutein and zeaxanthin and they are found in highconcentration in the macular of the eye.

Studies show that lutein and zeaxanthin not only help prevent maculardegeneration but can even improve vision in people with healthy eyes. Forexample, they can improve photostress recovery under glare conditions. Thiscan be of great benefit to any athlete that may play their sport on a partlycloudy summer day, as they will help the eyes quickly adjust to thealternating illumination between bright sunshine and intermittent shadows.

Lutein can be found in high amounts in zucchini, red seedless grapes,squash, pumpkin, spinach, peas, celery, Brussels sprouts, cucumber, and greenpeppers. Good sources of zeaxanthin are orange peppers, oranges/orange juice,mangos, and honeydews. Corn contains high amounts of both.

Despite numerous public health campaigns aimed at getting us to eat morefruits and vegetables, only 11% of Americans are meeting USDA guidelines. Oneconvenient alternative is to take a dietary supplement. Natural AthleticNutrition LLC, a Long Island based nutrition company, has introduced a productcalled Vizuo XL Sports Vision Enhancement which contains lutein andzeaxanthin.

There are many vision support products on the market but Vizuo XL isunique in that it also addresses the neurological component of vision byincluding important nutrients besides lutein and its partner zeaxanthin.These other nutrients will help improve blood circulation to the brain andalso boost dopamine and acetylcholine, two neurotransmitters that are criticalfor the brain to quickly process visual information so that the athlete canreact fast on the playing field.

"One of the most exciting aspects of the product is its ability to speedthe development of sport specific motor skills and potentially decrease theamount of time it takes to reach an elite level of performance," says companypresident Will Horan. He explains that this is accomplished by up-regulatingthe voltage dependent anion channel, a small pore-forming protein on the outermembrane of cellular mitochondria. This will improve synaptic plasticity, theability of the synapse between neurons to change in strength. Manyneuroscientists believe synaptic plasticity plays a very important role inmemory and learning.

Their website contains more information on sports vision

SOURCE Natural Athletic Nutrition LLC


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