Health Sections: Eye Health
Lutein is the active
carotenoid in this high potency natural source antioxidant.
It is derived from marigold flowers and contains a normal blend of
carotenoids including zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin.
Lutein has been called our "natural sun glasses" due to its
ability to protect the eyes against radiation damage by acting as an
optic filter and an antioxidant. Lutein and zeaxanthin are
antioxidants carotenoids which have an affinity for the part of the
retina where macular degeneration occurs. Once there, they protect
the retina from the oxidative damage caused by sunlight.
Eye Health & Lutein Long term supplementation
health studies (J Food Sci Agri. 81, 9:904-9, 2001) show that lutein
is highly beneficial for improving vision in
age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
Lutein may also be beneficial for
hereditary retinitis pigmentosa
Food sources of Lutein include spinach, kale, collard
greens, romaine lettuce, leeks, peas, and egg yolks
Note: Take with fat-containing food to improve absorbtion.