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OPTISHARP® Natural Zeaxanthin

We are a leading provider of zeaxanthin – in the form of our OPTISHARP® Natural Zeaxanthin product.
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Zeaxanthin is a structural isomer that belongs the carotenoids family. Carotenoids are synthesized by plants for coloration and absorption of light.

Of the 600-plus carotenoids found in nature, only two - zeaxanthin and lutein and their metabolites - are found in macula, at the highest concentration anywhere in the human body.

Key benefits

Zeaxanthin together with lutein absorbs blue light and acts as ‘internal sunglasses’ that may reduce photochemical damage caused by short-wavelength visible light.

Taking lutein and zeaxanthin – through green leafy vegetables or dietary supplements – increases macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in human eyes – which in turn reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Age-related Macular degeneration (AMD)

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AMD is a disease of the central retina that generally affects those over 55 and may result in the loss of central vision. Causes include environmental factors (nutrition, UV light exposure), risk factors (aging, hypertension, and smoking) and genetic predispositions.

A growing body of research indicates that high intake of lutein and zeaxanthin may play a role in lowering the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the most common cause of blindness in the elderly across the Western world.

Visual Performance

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Ultimately visual performance is all about how well we see fine details, can distinguish between different objects (contrast) and recover sight after a flash of bright light.


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Emerging evidence points to lutein and zeaxanthin also playing a role in visual performance. They form a filter (macula pigment) over the part of the retina responsible for detailed vision. This filter blocks out blue light and haze from strong light, which in turn increases the eyes’ tolerance for bright lights. Supplementation with the macular pigments has the potential to improve vision in our daily lives, particularly when our eyes are challenged by intense light such as glare from the sun, a camera flash, or blinding headlights at night.


OPTISHARP® Zeaxanthin from DSM has a variety of product forms, all with excellent flowability.

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This, coupled with uniform particle size, makes formulation of a quality product easy. OPTISHARP® also offers superior stability, greater nutrient absorption and very low extrusion losses. This means lower overages, smaller tablets and higher yields, saving time and money. OPTISHARP® beadlet versions are based on special Actilease® technology developed to maximize nutrient absorption with the best bioavailability.

OPTISHARP Product Forms:

  • 20% liquid for soft-gelatine capsules
  • 5% beadlets for tablets, hard-shell capsules, effervescents and fortification of beverages, bars and other selected foods.
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Hear their stories

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Professional athletes are convinced of the visual performance benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin.

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