zeaxanthin

noun
ze·​a·​xan·​thin | \ ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən How to pronounce zeaxanthin (audio) \

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

Examples of zeaxanthin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Packed with vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and fiber, spinach is also an exceptionally rich source of three carotenoids — beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Three-cheese pizza pockets: Here's how to make them healthier," 21 Dec. 2019 There are some instances when supplemental lutein and zeaxanthin is in order. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, "Lutein supplements are everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about this nutrient.," 23 Sep. 2019 Grapes protect healthy vision The lutein and zeaxanthin in grapes protect the retina and eye lens. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "7 Health Benefits of Grapes," 25 Oct. 2019 Almonds are the richest in vitamin E, and pistachios have lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids important for eye health. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Spinach is exceptionally rich in three carotenoids: beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthier version of spinach dip is perfect for summer party season," 14 June 2019 Protect against vision loss: Just one cup of kale has more than your whole day's worth of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which help shield ocular tissues from harmful UV damage and may reduce your risk of cataracts. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018 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

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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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“Zeaxanthin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zeaxanthin. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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zeaxanthin

noun
ze·​a·​xan·​thin | \ ˌzē-ə-ˈzan-thən How to pronounce zeaxanthin (audio) \

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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