Years of research have proven the benefits of consuming antioxidant-rich food, helping our bodies to fight cell damage and protect against disease. However, keeping track of the best foods and ensuring we include the correct quantities in our diet can prove a challenge. Natural Health Plus offers a wide range of dietary supplements for anyone who wants to maintain optimal nutrient levels, including the antioxidant Lutein.

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Lutein Supplement

What Is Lutein?

Lutein is an organically occurring vitamin of the carotenoid type. Carotenoids are natural fat-soluble pigments produced by plants which give them a yellow, orange or red colour. It is found in a variety of foods and is known as "the eye vitamin". Along with Zeaxanthin, another carotenoid, Lutein is found in the human eye, in the retina and the lens. It is thought to screen and protect against light which can cause macular injury.

What does Lutein do?

The antioxidant properties of Lutein have a lot of health benefits to the body. Antioxidants defend the body against free radicals, which in turn can damage cells and aid in disease progression. Antioxidants are one of the most important components in our diets and are essential for optimal health. Lutein and Zeaxanthin, both of which are found in the eye, are powerful antioxidants which specifically quench harmful oxygen-free radicals. Studies have shown that Lutein is particularly effective at preventing macular damage caused by blue light.

What are the benefits of Lutein?

Other than protecting the eyes from free radicals and maintaining eye health, Lutein may offer several other health benefits. These include:

  • Protecting the rest of the body against damage caused by free radicals;
  • Reducing the effects of "bad" cholesterol, subsequently reducing the risk of heart disease;
  • Decreasing eye damage caused by diabetic retinopathy;
  • Delaying or preventing age-related macular degeneration (AMD);
  • The antioxidant properties may also protect the skin from sun damage and premature ageing.

Foods containing Lutein

Lutein can be found in several fruits and vegetables, in particular those with vibrant orange, yellow and green colour. They include:

  • Broccoli;
  • Spinach;
  • Kale;
  • Courgette;
  • Grapes;
  • Corn;
  • Orange capsicum;
  • Kiwi.

It can also be found in egg yolk and is what gives the food its rich yellow colour. Lutein reaches maximum absorption when it is ingested with high-fat foods.

Who should take Lutein supplements?

Ensuring that your levels of antioxidants are optimal is a good idea for everyone, however in particular certain people may have a greater need to supplement with Lutein than others. For instance, smokers often have lower levels of carotenoids and so may need more Lutein in their diet. It is also worth considering for those who wish to reduce the progression of age-related macular degeneration and those who wish to improve skin health.

Natural Health Plus offers a range of supplements, including vegan-friendly drops containing Lutein. Browse the selection here.