MacuShield®, a meso-zeaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein food supplement, derived from marigolds. MacuShield® is tested at leading research institutes, and endorsed by eye care professionals.

Scientists have long known that the yellow colour, or pigment, at the macula  comes from the carotenoids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and meso-zeaxanthin.

These plant compounds which are antioxidants neutralisefree radicals originating from smoking, pollution, fried foods and most importantly blue light and oxidative stress. Furthermore, they help protect the eye by absorbing damaging blue light, which is present in sunlight, car headlights and television screens, amongst other sources.

As blue light is part of normal vision, and oxygen use is required for life, free radical damage is the cost of living, and is therefore unavoidable.


Frequent Questions

What is MacuShield® ?

MacuShield® is a meso-zeaxanthin, zeaxanthin and lutein food supplement, derived from marigolds. MacuShield® is tested at leading research institutes, and endorsed by eye care professionals.

What is MacuShield® Gold?

MacuShield Gold provides a fortified MacuShield formulation to help maintain eye health and represents the Gold standard in Macular Health. It combines the original MacuShield capsule with two additional capsules each day to supplement our diet with Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc and Copper in doses set by a large scale research study in the USA known as AREDS2 (Age-related Eye Disease Study 2)


Should I be taking MacuShield® or MacuShield® Gold?

This is a decision for you and your eyecare professional. We strongly believe in the benefits of MacuShield and have developed MacuShield Gold in recognition of the AREDS2 research undertaken in the USA. If you would like to know more, please get in touch and we will help you through any questions you have.


What are the main ingredients that MacuShield® contains?

MacuShield® contains:

  • Meso-Zeaxanthin 10mg 
  • Lutein 10mg
  • Zeaxanthin 2 mg

Other ingredients:

  • Sunflower seed oil, Marigold extract and beeswax.
  • Capsule shell: Gelatin, glycerol.
  • Colour: Iron Oxide.

These are the three macular carotenoids . Research suggests that this is the optimum blend to provide the greatest possible benefits.


What makes MacuShield® unique?

MacuShield® is the only supplement to contain the three macular carotenoids . The unique carotenoid being meso- zeaxanthin, which is located at the centre of the macula, where vision is sharpest.


What is Meso-zeaxanthin?

Meso-zeaxanthin is one of the three macula  carotenoids . Research has shown that meso-zeaxanthin is generated at the retina  from lutein, however scientists believe that some individuals are unable to perform this conversion. In fact, a recent study from the US has shown that the antioxidant  potential of macular pigment is enhanced when meso-zeaxanthin is present.


Where is meso-zeaxanthin found?

Meso-zeaxanthin, is located at the centre of the macula  where vision is sharpest. Meso-zeaxanthin has been identified in certain foods including salmon, trout and shrimp. The meso-zeaxanthin in MacuShield® is a derivative of the marigold flower Tagetes Erecta, sourced from Mexico.

Is MacuShield® available in a vegetarian capsule?

MacuShield is available in a vegetarian capsule available from most stockists. It has been approved by the vegetarian society for the UK.


I am a smoker / ex- smoker can I take MacuShield®?

Yes, you can take MacuShield® if you are a smoker / ex-smoker as it does not contain beta carotene.


Can MacuShield® be taken by diabetics?

Yes, MacuShield® does not contain any sucrose (sugar) so is safe to be taken by diabetics.


What age is it recommended to start taking MacuShield®?

MacuShield can be taken from any age, especially if we are suffering from symptoms of low macular pigment, such as glare from lights at night or glare from pages in books when you are reading outdoors. If you are taking it as a preventative, then MacuShield® is recommended to people over the age of 50. However, if you have a close relative, sibling or parent, who presents with low macular pigment, it may be advantageous to take it sooner.


How many capsules does one pack of MacuShield® contain?

MacuShield® Original comes in packs of 30 and 90 capsules and is a one-a-day formulation.  MacuShield-V – our vegetarian capsule is available in 90 capsule pots and is a one-a-day formulation  MacuShield Gold is only available in 1 month (30day) packs and is 3 capsules per day.