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Lutemax 2020

Award-winning, clinically backed, and IP-protected Lutemax 2020 is a naturally derived marigold extract that delivers a unique combination of lutein and zeaxanthin isomers.

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Eye-health Ingredients for Eye health vision Performance
Mood Support
Sleep Sleep health Ingredients

Why Lutemax 2020?

Award-winning and globally recognized, Lutemax 2020 is a patented extract containing all three nutritionally relevant macular carotenoids—lutein, RR-zeaxanthin, and RS (meso)-zeaxanthin— in the same 5:1 ratio as found in the diet. Naturally derived from marigold flowers, Lutemax 2020’s unique combination of carotenoids is backed by multiple clinical studies, delivering in-demand health benefits for today’s consumers.

OmniActive’s Lutemax 2020 is the only ingredient delivering all of these advantages for your premium formulations:

  • A patented extract that provides a complete macular carotenoid formula with a uniform composition and unique benefits
  • Manufactured with a single proprietary extraction process
  • Multiple clinical studies, including the groundbreaking B.L.U.E. (Blue Light User Exposure) study
  • Higher levels of zeaxanthin isomers
  • From seed to shelf, produced through a fully vertically integrated supply chain for sustainability, traceability, transparency, and greater assurance of supply continuity
  • Available in a variety of oil suspensions and 100% vegetarian beadlets using Versabead technology, which provides enhanced stability and dispersibility  >>
  • Premium marigolds grown from non-GMO seeds
  • Your partnership supports improving the lives and communities of farmers in rural India. Find out more on OmniActive’s Improving Lives Foundation >>
  • WINNER of the 2022 Nutraingredients Asia Ingredient of the Year Award: Sports Nutrition

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Science overview

Lutemax 2020—nutrition for the modern lifestyle

Out of more than 600 carotenoids found in nature, the three macular carotenoids—lutein, RR-zeaxanthin, and RS (meso)-zeaxanthin—have garnered considerable attention for their role in preserving healthy vision. There is a growing consensus that the macular carotenoids are conditionally essential nutrients, which is to say that under certain circumstances, supplementation may be required. Poor dietary intake increased blue light exposure, and lifestyle changes are driving a greater need to supplement with these important nutrients to ensure adequate levels throughout life. The macular carotenoids are not just for the eyes though. Lutemax 2020 research highlights the relevance of macular carotenoids for benefits important to today’s consumers including:

Lutemax Clinical Research
  • Better bioavailability
    Lutemax 2020 rapidly increased serum levels of lutein and zeaxanthin in association with increased macular pigment optical density (MPOD) in as little as 8-weeks.
  • Improved visual performance
    In multiple studies, Lutemax 2020 consistently improved contrast sensitivity, photo-stress recovery, and disability glare thresholds.
  • The B.L.U.E. study
    This first human clinical trial in young, healthy subjects, demonstrated improvements in outcomes associated with prolonged blue light exposure from digital devices, including eye strain and fatigue, headache frequency, and glare tolerance.
  • Stress and mood support
    Supplementing with Lutemax 2020 significantly reduced stress, serum cortisol, and symptoms of suboptimal emotional and physical health and highlighted the importance of macular carotenoids for daily stress support.
  • Cognitive support
    Supplementing with Lutemax 2020 increased brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and improved several parameters of cognitive performance, including composite memory, verbal memory, and sustained attention, psychomotor speed, and processing speed.
  • Sleep quality
    Blue light plays a role in regulating sleep/wake cycles, and Lutemax 2020 significantly improves sleep quality in subjects exposed to prolong blue light from sources such as digital devices.
  • Skin health
    Photoaging is responsible for 90 percent of visible changes to the skin and carotenoids like lutein can help support a healthier, younger-looking appearance. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel study, Skingo brand improved overall skin tone, skin lightening/brightening, and skin protection,
  • Safety
    OmniActive has established the safety of Lutemax 2020 through in vitro, animal, and human studies. These studies were the basis of Lutemax 2020’s US FDA notified GRAS affirmation.

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We are leading new health benefit opportunities with the macular carotenoids through science.

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Market insights

Seeing the eye health market in a new light

The interest in supplements supporting eye health is increasing and evident in the category’s sales, which have been growing steadily since 2019 in the US, according to estimates from Nutrition Business Journal. But the eye health market is expanding to a larger, younger demographic due in part to modern lifestyles, such as those working from home, virtual learning, or gaming. Our dependence on digital devices has created a need to help reduce the impact of blue light exposure from digital device use on vision health.

An Omni Insights survey showed that 73% of consumers are concerned about prolonged exposure to blue light from digital devices. Among the prime targets, 57% are likely to use supplements to protect their eyes from blue light.

Moreover, Lutemax 2020 is uniquely positioned to support gamers in the growing esports category. Read more here

Expanding opportunities beyond eye health

In this fast-paced, performance-driven world, the need to further support the multiple facets of cognitive health, mood, stress, and sleep continues to build. In fact, experts say the US brain health supplement market will show robust growth in the coming years. More specifically, the US mood and mental health as well as the sleep health categories have both grown steadily in the last couple of years with 9% growth projections in 2023e.

Lutemax 2020 delivers the clinically demonstrated health benefits in these categories as a single ingredient solution for the busy, modern consumer—both day and night.

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Lutemax 2020—powered by Versabead™

Versabead is a patented nutrient delivery system that improves product formulation and efficacy. Versabead synergizes all the science-backed benefits of Lutemax 2020 with application flexibility, including improved stability, dispersibility and significantly improved bioavailability. Lutemax 2020 can be easily formulated into a variety of functional foods and beverages consumers demand including:

  • Gummies, chews, and bars
  • Powders and stick packs
  • Capsules, tablets, and beyond

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