Nature's Life - Lutein 20 mg. - 100 Softgels
Nature's Life Lutein and Zeaxanathin are found in the macula of the human retina, as well as the human crystalline lends.
Nature's Life Lutein Features & Benefits:
- Provides a powerful complex of antioxidant carotenoids
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are concentrated in the macula of the eyes
- Protects against blue light, photochemical damage to the lens, macula and retina
Lutein is an antioxidant in the carotenoid family (a group of naturally occurring fat-soluble pigments found in plants). Lutein is the primary carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula.
Where is it found?
Spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, leeks, peas, and egg yolks are good sources of lutein.
Who is likely to be deficient?
While a deficiency has not been identified, people who eat more lutein-containing foods appear to be at lower risk of macular degeneration. One study found that adults with the highest dietary intake of lutein had a 57% decreased risk of macular degeneration compared with those people with the lowest intake, and of the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin are most strongly associated with this protection. In a preliminary study, a similar link was suggested between low dietary lutein and increased risk of cataracts.
How much is usually taken?
People showing protection from macular degeneration have been reported to have eaten about 6 mg of lutein per day from food. Lutein, in supplemental form, should be taken with fat-containing food to improve absorption.
Are there any side effects or interactions?
No adverse effects from lutein have been reported.
Lutein functions together with zeaxanthin, another antioxidant found in the same foods and supplements as lutein.
Facts About Lutein
Deteriorating vision is a serious problem which many people face as they age. Forty-five percent of Americans over age 65 and 90% over age 75 have clouded lenses which obscure their vision. Twenty-five percent of Americans over age 65 and 33% over age 75 experience damage to their retinas which reduces their ability to focus clearly.
One of the keys to maintaining a healthy eye lies in proper nutritional support for the retina and the lens. Several factors such as smoking, diabetes, injury, steroids, excess exposure to pollution, sunlight or radiation can all damage parts of the eye. That’s because most of these factors create free radicals, and free radicals can damage the delicate structures of the eye. Nature’s Life Lutein softgels may help.
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids (like beta carotene) found in vegetables and some fruits. They are not converted to vitamin A but they do serve as potent antioxidants. They make up the yellow pigment in the retina and appear to specifically protect the macula.
A now famous Harvard study looked at the relationship between lutein, zeaxanthin, and protection of the macula. Spinach, kale and other vegetables and fruits are rich sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. People eating a total of 5.8 mg per day of the combination of lutein and zeaxanthin from dietary sources were much more likely to have healthy, undamaged maculae. That’s about 3 cups of fresh, chopped spinach every day. A second study, also from Harvard, found significant protection for the lens of the eye from eating a lot of spinach, but not from carrots. This suggests that lutein may also protect the lens from oxidative damage.
Nature’s Life Lutein is a bright yellow-orange pigment naturally extracted from Marigold petals (Tagetes erecta). One concentrated Lutein softgel contains the lutein and zeaxanthin in 11 cups of fresh, chopped spinach!
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