Lutein is one of two carotenoids (the other is zeaxanthin) which are related to beta-carotene and vitamin A and are found in the eyes, particularly in the macula and the lens. Together they offer powerful support to help the body protect the eyes, from damaging blue light and from free radical damage. Many people think of lutein as “the eye vitamin.” Naturally found in a number of fruits and vegetables (especially those with deep green, orange, and yellow coloring), lutein supplements provide a more concentrated supply of this antioxidant.
Lutein offers significant protection against macular degeneration. The macula is the area of the retina where images are focused. It is the portion of the eye responsible for fine vision. Degeneration of the macula is the leading cause of severe visual loss in North America. The macula, especially the central portion of the macula (the fovea) owes its yellow colour to its high concentration of lutein. A low level of lutein in the macula pigment is thought to represent a major risk factor for age-related macular degeneration. Therefore, the possibility of increasing the concentration of lutein within the macula may offer significant protective effects against the development of macular degeneration. Lutein supplementation has been shown to increase blood and macular lutein concentrations. One study, which examined 50,000 women over an eight-year period, showed that the women who consumed high amounts of lutein had a significantly lower rate of cataract formation than those women who consumed little lutein. Researchers discovered that people, who had a higher intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, had a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration.
Recommended Use or Purpose:
Lutein is an antioxidant and essential carotenoid found in the macular section of the retina that occurs in nature with zeaxanthin, and is naturally derived from fruits, vegetables and marigold flowers. Lutein and zeaxanthin concentrate in the eye’s macula, which is responsible for focus and color differentiation as well as central and high acuity vision. Both lutein and zeaxanthin maintain and protect the eyes from degradation normally associated with aging and oxidative stress.
Medicinal Ingredients: Each Softgel Capsule Contains:
Lutein (Contains Zeaxanthin 800mcg) ……………………………….. 20mg
Recommended Dose (Adults):
Take orally 1 softgel capsule a day with a meal or as directed by a qualified health care practitioner.