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Lutein, an important antioxidant, belongs to a group of pigments called carotenoids. Carotenoids, such as the better known beta carotene, give some plants, foods, and algae their vivid colors. In humans, Lutein is concentrated in key structures within the eye such as the macula and the lens. Lutein helps protect the eye from the harmful radiation of sunlight.
Lutein is found in many foods such as egg yolks, corn, green vegetables, and fruits.
Vital for eye health, lutein has been shown to protect the eye from sunlight radiation and harmful free radicals like those that contribute to the age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Consult a physician before taking lutein if you have any conditions or disorders, especially those related to the eye. Lutein is fat-soluble and will be best absorbed when taken with foods containing healthy fats (nuts, olive oil, etc). Lutein is available in tablet, caplet or softgel form.
Pregnant/nursing women should consult a physician before taking lutein. The absorption of lutein is decreased when taken in combination with the following: pectin, cholestyramine, colestipol, mineral oil, and orlistat.