ze·a·xan·thin | \ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən \

Definition of zeaxanthin 

: a yellow crystalline carotenoid alcohol C40H56O2 that is isomeric with lutein and occurs especially in fruits and vegetables (such as kiwifruit and spinach) and egg yolks

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And the lutein and zeaxanthin in the yolk contributes to eye and brain health. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Study shows egg yolks are actually good for you | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 These include lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in foods like spinach, kale, and eggs, and may reduce your risk of chronic eye diseases. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Eyes," 1 Apr. 2018 Two carotenoids found in eggs, lutein and zeaxanthin, play a role in maintaining eye health, and research shows that lutein may impact cognition in both children and adults. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Eggs Are One of the Best Things You Can Eat," 1 Mar. 2018 Yellow corn has some vitamin C, as well as beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Make use of leftover corn in salads," 3 Sep. 2017 Take vitamins C and E as well as zinc, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin supplements. By Samantha J. Gross, miamiherald, "Here’s how you can protect your eyes from damage during the total eclipse," 13 Aug. 2017 In the study, researchers gave supplements of two carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin – to rhesus monkeys. Diane Mason, Cincinnati.com, "Select foods to discourage macular degeneration," 8 June 2017 Leafy greens Good-for-you greens like spinach and kale are packed with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Moira Lawler, Fortune, "These Brain Foods Can Help You Stay Focused at Work," 13 July 2017 Raw eggs are slightly higher in B vitamins (like vitamin B6 and folate), vitamin E, the mineral choline, and the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. Marygrace Taylor, Fox News, "Are raw eggs safe to eat — and do they have more nutrients?," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of zeaxanthin

1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zeaxanthin

International Scientific Vocabulary zea- (from New Latin Zea) + xanthin carotenoid pigment, from xanth- + 1-in

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ze·a·xan·thin | \ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən \

Medical Definition of zeaxanthin 

: a yellow crystalline carotenoid alcohol C40H56O2 that is isomeric with lutein and occurs widely with it and that is the chief pigment of yellow Indian corn

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