Lutein is an antioxidant carotenoid a pigmented nutrient that is responsible for the yellow colors of fruits and vegetables and is present in the highest quantities in dark, leafy green vegetables.
You’re born with a certain amount of lutein in your eye, but your body doesn’t reproduce it. It is the major carotenoid in the fruit and vegetable rich Asian diet, and a minor one in the typical American diet which doesn’t contain enough fruits and vegetables. There is very good evidence that the lutein in food helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, two common, age-related eye disorders.
The macula is the region of the retina responsible for central vision. It’s also the area that is most sensitive to blue light, the part of the visible light spectrum that, along with ultraviolet light, can damage your eyes. Lutein helps protect against this damage by filtering blue light before it can damage the macula. Lutein may also help protect against clogging of the carotid arteries in the neck, an indication of atherosclerosis, the disease that leads to most heart attacks.
How Much Lutein Do I Need?
Without adequate consumption, the amount of lutein in the eye may deplete with age. You should get at least 10 mg of lutein per day to help maintain proper eye and skin health. Since your body doesn’t make lutein, you must constantly replace it through the foods you eat. Dark, leafy green vegetables like spinach or kale are especially good sources. But you’d have to eat over 2 bowls of raw spinach every day to get the recommended daily dose of 6 mg of lutein.
For Your Skin
Lutein helps protect your skin from environmental factors that harm and age your skin. Consistent intake of lutein helps maintain the moisture and lipid content of your skin and increases skin elasticity, resulting in more youthful looking skin. Lutein also helps protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, which could eventually lead to certain skin cancers.
A Great Source Of Lutein
The best thing you can do to prevent eye disorders and heart disease is to make sure that your diet contains lots of the lutein-rich fruits and vegetables. You can get zeaxanthin in orange bell peppers, mangoes, corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, tomatoes, dark, leafy greens such as kale, collards and bok choy, oranges, corn and honeydew melon. Egg yolks also contain both lutein and zeaxanthin, but if you have high cholesterol, you’re much better off getting the yellow nutrients from fruits and vegetables.
Ocuvite® eye vitamins are the easiest way to ensure you get the amount of lutein that leading doctors recommend. They contain high-quality FloraGLO Lutein1 plus other vitamins and minerals you need to help maintain your eye health now and to help preserve your vision in the future.
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