Lutein 20 mg 60 Softgels
Health Benefits of Lutein - Zeaxanthin
• Helps prevent eye disease
• Supports Macular Health
• Supports Eye Health
• Protects the retina against sunlight
• Primary carotenoid found in the eye
• Including Zeaxanthin
Lutein promotes Eye Health Lutein is one of the most abundant carotenoids found in nature. Carotenoids are fat-soluble antioxidants found in a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. Lutein plays a role in eye health and is the principal carotenoid found in the central area of the retina called the macula. Lutein gives you the nutritional support you need to support the health of your eyes.
Lutein is a naturally occurring carotenoid found primarily in fruits and vegetables. When ingested by humans, it concentrates in a section of the eye called the macula, which is a small area in the center of the retina.
Researchers have discovered that lutein protects the macula by filtering out potentially damaging forms of light. Lutein has been called our “natural sun glasses” due to its ability to protect the eyes against radiation damage by acting as an optic filter and an antioxidant.
Research has suggested a minimum of 6-10 mg per day of lutein is necessary to realize lutein’s health benefits. One such benefit is lutein’s role in eye health, specifically its role in reducing the risk of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).
AMD occurs when the fragile center of the retina–the macula–deteriorates from a lifetime of slow but steady damage. The macula is a small area of the retina responsible for central vision, and high visual acuity. Poor macular health can cause oxidative stress within the retina, leading to a loss of central vision.
Although the wet form of AMD accounts for only 10 – 15% of all AMD, the chance for severe sight loss is much greater. It is responsible for 90% of severe vision loss associated with AMD. Wet AMD is caused by the growth of abnormal blood vessels, or choroidal neovascularization (CNV), under the central part of the retina, the macula. These abnormal vessels leak fluid and blood into the tissue at the back of the eye, causing a blister to form in the retina. This progression leads to scar tissue, distortion and a loss of central vision. Wet AMD can rapidly damage the macula and result in a very quick loss of central vision.
Lutein and its related compound zeaxanthin are highly concentrated in the macula, providing a yellow colour known as the macular pigment (MP).The macular pigment protects the macula from the damaging photo-oxidative effects of blue light.
Of the 600 or so carotenoids present in nature, only a handful are present in human serum. Of those, nature has chosen only lutein and zeaxanthin to be present in the macula. These facts alone suggest that lutein plays a critical role in eye health.
Zeaxanthin is a bioflavonoid pigment found in most herbs, fruits and vegetables. Bioflavonoid provides the body with antioxidants, which aid in destroying free radicals that harm the body system. Zeaxanthin belongs to subgroup xanthophylls of bioflavonoid called carotenoids and is abundant in dark, leafy green vegetables. The eye retina contains zeaxanthin, which is why its consumption is important.
Serving Size 1 Softgel
Lutein 20 mg
(Contains Zeaxanthin, 800 mcg)
Other Ingredients: Vegetable Oil, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Yellow Beeswax, Soy Lecithin.
Does not contain: Gluten, Yeast, Wheat, Milk or Milk Derivatives, Lactose, Egg, Grapefruit, Fish, Sweetener, Sugar, Starch, Preservatives, Artificial Color, Artificial Flavor, sodium.
For adults, take one (1) softgel daily, preferably with a meal.