Lutein is a carotenoid and a powerful antioxidant especially important for vision health. Meaning "yellow" in Latin, it is the yellow pigment found in macula which controls central vision. Because it absorbs blue light it protects against blue and near-ultra-violet light. It defends against a variety of vision conditions and eye diseases, and protects the rods and cones in the macula from free radical damage from UV light. Lutein is absorbed more readily when combined with vitamin C.
Lutein is synthesized naturally by plants and is found in large amounts in leafy greens such as kale, spinach, collards, mustard greens, broccoli, and brussels sprouts, and in yellow foods such as corn and eggs. One of the most potent natural sources of lutein are marigold flower petals, found in NaturalEyeCare's lutein formulation:
- Contains South American Lutein made from pesticide-free South American marigold - with natural and not synthetic sources
- Studies show it helps, in combination with zeaxanthin, to prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Our diet provides only about 900 mcg/day - this support formula contains therapeutic levels of lutein -- 3.5 mg per Vcap
- Combined with zeaxanthin, effectively reduces free radicals
Lutein is more than merely a filter for the sun's UV radiation. 2012 research has shown that modulates immune responses as well as inflammation, including inflammation in the eye such as that manifested in uveitis, laser-induced choroidal neovascularization, retinal ischemia and diabetic retinopathy.
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