What is Marigold?
Marigold is a plant that is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe, but can now be found all over the world. It is widely used as a medicinal plant for its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids found in marigold that are vital for optimal eye health. These two types of carotenoids give many fruits, vegetables and plants their yellow to red pigments. They are strong antioxidants that help to defend the body against free radicals, protecting the body’s proteins, fats and DNA.
These antioxidants are found in concentrated amounts in the macula, a region of the retina located behind the eye. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the only carotenoids to accumulate in this area and work hard to protect the eyes from free radicals, its thought that eye health can be impaired if these antioxidants are reduced over time.
Lutein and zeaxanthin absorb excess light, acting as a natural sunblock. They are particularly helpful at protecting they eyes from blue light.
Many eye-related health conditions can benefit from lutein and zeaxanthin such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, eye detachment and uveitis.
Marigold’s petals have strong healing effects, and a topical application could beneficial to many wounds including insect bites, bruises, blisters, cuts and cold sores. The antimicrobial components can prevent re-infection and promote a quicker healing process.
Studies suggest marigold extract could regulate the production of certain proteins that help a wound to heal. One study showed that marigold extract increased the amount of collagen in wounds as they healed, which is necessary to form new skin.
Full of antioxidants
Triterpenes, flavonoids, polyphenols and carotenoids are all powerful antioxidants that marigold possesses. As well as these, it contains anti-inflammatory compounds such as tumour necrosis factor alpha.
In one study, marigold significantly reduces oxidative stress and reverts the depletion of antioxidant levels by 122% in rats that were fed monosodium glutmate.
Aztec people considered marigold as a sacred flower and believed it had magical, religious and medicinal properties. The first recorded use of marigold was in 1552, where it was used as treatment for hiccups, being struck by lightning or ‘for one who wishes to cross a river or water safely’.
Marigold can be made into a tea and consumed for an internal anti-fungal effect or marigold oil can be used to treat damaged skin when applied directly as a cream or ointment. As an eye supplement we suggest taking 1 soft gel capsule of our MariLut ® daily with food, or as directed by a healthcare practitioner.