Marigolds and Your HealthZeaxanthin is 5 to 10 times less common than lutein in human blood and 10 to 20 times less common in the average diet?
Zeaxanthin is a nutrient found in nature as colorants or pigment. It is also found in vegetables such as kale, plus various fruits and corn. Marigolds are also sources of zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is found naturally in the body, predominantly in the eyes and brain.
Zeaxanthin is a powerful, natural antioxidant that protects the eye by absorbing damaging blue light and reducing glare. Blue light can cause harmful oxidative stress in the eye. Zeaxanthin protects cells and membranes by reducing harmful free radicals.
Zeaxanthin is not "made" in the human body and must come from food or dietary supplements. Receiving adequate amounts of zeaxanthin through food can be particularly difficult, as it requires many servings a day of certain fruits and vegetables.
Only one zeaxanthin form (3R, 3'R) is naturally found in fruits and vegetables and it is one the body prefers. It is also the only one that has been approved as a dietary supplement. Other forms, like meso-zeaxanthin, cannot be considered a dietary supplement, as they are not found in our average diet.
Macabido™ - the study
In a (double-blind, placebo-controlled) study conducted in Germany, 60 women and 60 men were divided into three treatment groups in two centers:
The average age of the test subjects was at around 47 years (35 - 65 years). By their own account, they all suffered from a loss of libido.
The criterion for the assessment was how their libido (= sexual desire irrespective of the actual sexual act) was influenced by the taking of placebo, maca or Macabido™. For this purpose, the test subjects were asked to complete various questionnaires both before and after the four-week treatment period. These questionnaires, among other things, enquired after their sexual fantasies, their sexual excitability as well as their physical condition. At the end of treatment, all subjects were in addition asked to assess the effect and, irrespective of the effect, were asked how they tolerated the preparations.
ResultsFor maca as well as for Macabido™, a positive effect has been recorded as compared to the placebo, with the positive effect of Macabido™ being considerably stronger than that of maca.
Differences between men and women:
In the maca group:
In the Macabido™ group:
From these examinations it can be seen that commercial maca has a positive effect only up to a point.
Doctor SupportedDr. Jan-Dirk Fauteck, managing director of a company which conducts clinical trials in Munster, Germany, and one of the managers of the Macabido™ study, sums up:
"The results of a study in which 120 subjects were examined over a period of several weeks show that Macabido™ contains a harmonious blend of highly concentrated maca and other plant substances that is optimally tailored to the specific requirements of men and women. It is considerably more potent for increasing the general well-being and the sexual desire than commercial maca preparations."