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Lutein is a carotenoid: a yellow and orange pigment found in
vegetables and fruits. Like other carotenoids, such as lycopen
and beta-carotene, lutein acts as an antioxidant, protecting
cells against the free radicals which are believed to cause
age-related disorders such as cataracts, macular degeneration
and clogged arteries.
In a study, people who ate large amounts of fruits and
vegetables had a 43 % reduced risk of age-related macular
IN THE BODY
Fat helps the body absorb lutein more efficiently.
If fat digestion and absorption is impaired, lutein absorption
from the intestine is also impaired. Low level of lutein in the
body can bring ealry aging to the eyes and the cardiovascular
Lutein is found in many fruits and vegetables including mangoes,
corn, sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, tomatoes and dark, leafy
greens such as kale, mustard, spinach, red peppers. Ití»s also
found in egg yolk.
Nutrition experts currently recommend 6mg of lutein a day.
There are no known records regarding lutein overdose.
Some studies have shown that taking lutein supplements can help
improve vision slightly among people who already have cataracts
or macular degeneration.
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