Name (common): Lutein

 

General description:

Lutein is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are yellow to red pigments found in plants which have an antioxidant action.

Lutein is found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale, as well as corn and egg yolks. Lutein found in supplement form is commonly extracted from marigold flowers.

 

Functions and general science: 

The bioavailability of lutein largely relies on the presence of fat in the diet.  When consumed, it is transported from the small intestine to the liver. It is then transported to various parts of the body. It is present in the eye (mostly the edges of the retina), skin, brain and fat tissue.

Lutein is a powerful antioxidant. It is able to filter blue light, helping to protect eye health. Good levels of dietary lutein are also thought to support immune health.


 
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Disclaimer:
The information provided in reference to this ingredient is general in nature and provided as information only. Any product specific therapeutic claims for this ingredient are linked to specific dosage requirements based on evidence of traditional or scientific nature.