Currently Aquapharm® has developed a unique high yield, high purity fermentation technology for the production of zeaxanthin and lycopene along with other carotenoids such as β-cryptoxanthin.
Zeaxanthin (β,β-Carotene-3,3'-diol) is a yellow carotenoid commonly found in maize (Zea mays) and is an important anti-oxidant. Accumulating in the retina of humans it acts as a UV filter to protect the eye against photo-oxidative damage from UV light from the sun. Recent scientific evidence has shown that this carotenoid is implicated in reducing the impact of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts, two of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Further clinical evidence has shown that zeaxanthin has been directly linked with the prevention of Age Related Macular Degeneration in Clinical studies (NIH).