|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Marigold Flower (Tagetes erecta L.) (Flower) Extract 100 mg
Standardized to contain ≥5% Zeaxanthin
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value Not Established
‡ These supplement facts may vary from the product you receive. Please call for exact numbers.
Other Ingredients: Maltodextrin ~15%
Free of: Soy, Dairy, Yeast & Gluten.
Directions: As a dietary supplement, take 100 mg once daily with a meal,
or as directed by a physician. Accurate gram weight scale recommended.
Warning: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications or have any medical condition consult your physician before use. Keep out of reach of children.
Marigold flower extract comes from the Tagetes erecta plant, also known as the Mexican marigold and Aztec marigold. As its other names imply, the flower is native to Mexico and was cultivated by the Aztecs. It also goes by the name of cempasúchil or flor de muertos, meaning flower of the dead. It frequently features in the Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration in Mexico, and many use the flower to adorn graves in Central America.
Historically, the Cherokee used it as a dye for its distinctive yellow color and to wash the skin. Some areas across Mexico use Tagetes erecta to improve digestive complaints, such as stomachache, indigestion, vomiting, and diarrhea. It also has historical use as an antiparasitic in the intestines and for alleviating various respiratory ailments and gynecological problems. Modern researchers believe Tagetes erecta flowers owe their beneficial properties to their zeaxanthin and lutein content.
Zeaxanthin and lutein are both a type of carotenoid known as xanthophylls that produce yellow pigments. They share an identical chemical formula; their only structural difference is where the double bond occurs in one of their end rings. Due to their chemical similarities, zeaxanthin and lutein synergize and may support eye health and protect against age-related ocular decline. Cerebral concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin, along with beta-carotene, are also indicative of better cognition
Tagetes erecta flowers owe their pigment to carotenoids. Zeaxanthin is one of several carotenoids found in marigold flowers and one of the most ubiquitous carotenoids found in nature. However, lutein is the most prominent carotenoid found in marigold flowers. While both produce yellow pigments, lutein can range from yellow to orange to red, depending on its concentration. Carotenoids often have antioxidant properties.
Marigold flowers contain several carotenoids that combat free radical damage, most notably zeaxanthin and lutein. Left unchecked, free radicals can damage cells, cause premature cellular aging, and result in the progression of numerous diseases. Zeaxanthin is particularly effective at scavenging peroxyl (hydrogen peroxide) free radicals and boosts levels of reduced glutathione (GSH), one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. Lutein can inhibit the free radical chain reaction that causes lipid peroxidation and cellular damage while also reducing inflammation. Both zeaxanthin and lutein protect against oxidative stress; however, zeaxanthin is the more powerful antioxidant. They also synergize to protect the eyes from free radicals produced by oxygen and light exposure.
The eye contains high concentrations of zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is one of two carotenoids responsible for the macular pigment in the eye. It helps increase macular pigment density and exerts protective effects that may reduce the risk of developing age-related eye conditions. Zeaxanthin also supports eye health by absorbing harmful blue light that causes inflammation, oxidative stress, and oxidative damage. Most of the zeaxanthin exists in the light-exposed layers of the eye and can absorb as much as 90% of retina-damaging blue light.
A significant connection exists between the eyes and the brain. The largest zeaxanthin concentrations in the brain are in the areas connected to cognition and decision-making. Much as it does for the eyes, researchers believe zeaxanthin also protects the brain. Research also shows a positive correlation between high cerebral zeaxanthin levels and cognitive function in the elderly.
Most individuals can take marigold flower extract without experiencing adverse effects. Its primary compound, zeaxanthin, has an excellent safety profile and occurs naturally in many foods. No research to date has reported adverse effects from taking supplements containing zeaxanthin.
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