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Lutein for Healthy Eyes




Lutein is believed to play an important role in maintaining healthy eyes and eyesight.


Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) per Day
  •  Although no RDA is established for Lutein, it is estimated that 3‑6 mg is an
     optimum intake (based on an optimal diet containing 5-6 servings of fruits and


Food sources
  •  Kale
  •  Spinach
  •  Turnip greens
  •  Broccoli
  •  Egg yolk


Problems associated with deficiency
  •  None have been reported in humans


Potential benefits at recommended levels
  •  Lutein (and Zeaxanthin) are the dominant carotenoids present in the macular
     region of the retina and are linked to normal function of the retina, which is
     responsible for sharp and detailed vision
  •  Helps support healthy eyesight
  •  Helps filter out the sun's harmful rays


Potential benefits under investigation
  •  Lutein is being studied for its ability to lower the risk of age‑related macular
     degeneration (AMD) and cataracts
  •  Lutein is believed to protect against AMD by filtering harmful blue light


Tolerability and special considerations
  •  None known


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