Lutein is an antioxidant found in many plants. It is from the carotenoid family, which consists of naturally occurring fat-soluble pigments in plants. It’s basically a yellow pigment. It is the main carotenoid found in the macula, a tiny part of the retina responsible for central vision.
Lutein has been shown effective in the treatment of cataracts.1
Lutein works extremely well in protecting the retina against sunlight damage.2 Supplementation with 6 mg of Lutein daily may decrease the occurrence of macular degeneration by more than 50%.3
Most Americans do not get enough Lutein in their diets. Research has suggested 6 to 20 mg of Lutein per day are needed to realize its health benefits. Is Lutein widely available in doses of up to 20 mg or more? It is in a variety of nutritional supplements, fortified foods and beverages for people wanting to supplement their dietary intake of Lutein.
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- Bone RA. Landrum JT. Distribution of macular pigment components, zeaxanthin and lutein, in human retina. Methods Enzymol 1992:213:360-6.
- Seddon JM, Ajani UA, Sperduto RD, et al. Dietary carotenoids, vitamins A, C, and E, and advanced age-related macular degeneration. JAMA 1994:272:1413-20.
Colorado Nutrition Lutein contains 20mg of elemental Lutein. Lutein powder typically contains between 5% and 10% elemental Lutein in it. Beware when purchasing Lutein if the manufacturer does not state how the 20mg. is derived. If they are putting 20 mg. of Lutein powder at 5% elemental Lutein the product would really only contain 1mg. of elemental Lutein. Colorado Nutrition is a brand you can trust!
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