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"Macular Xanthophylls and Cognitive Function," Naiman Khan, Ph.D., Nutritional Sciences, Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Event Type
Neuroscience Program
Mar 10, 2020   4:00 pm  
Naiman Khan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Neuroscience Program
Originating Calendar
Neuroscience Program Seminars

Identification of foods and nutrients that promote human cognitive function has the potential to have a lasting impact on quality of life for all populations. However, a perpetual challenge in the field of nutritional neuroscience has been the limited knowledge of specific dietary components with the sensitivity to both dietary consumption and cognitive function. The macular of the retina preferentially accumulates plant pigments known as carotenoids. Specifically, the xanthophyll carotenoid lutein not only contributes to macular pigmentation, but also disproportionately accumulates in the human brain. This presentation will highlight the links between macular lutein status and cognitive control and relational memory in children and adults.

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