Lutein is a carotenoid antioxidant that is responsible for the bright yellow hues of fruits and vegetables and is abundant in leafy, dark green vegetables. Although best known for its ability to support eye health, lutein is also an important antioxidant for brain function and skin elasticity. It is a nutrient that your body cannot produce on its own, so if you are wondering if you’re getting enough, just take a look at your plate. If it’s not a colorful array of fruits and vegetables, you might be lacking lutein!
Eye Health – When we consume lutein, it travels to different parts of the body and is deposited in high quantities in two regions of the eye, the macula and the lens. The eyes are under constant assault, as they take in intense rays from the sun and can be especially strained by ultraviolet rays and blue or violet rays within the visible spectrum. This is particularly problematic in our technology driven society, with smart phones, computer screens, televisions and other electronic devices emitting harmful blue rays at every corner. The antioxidant capabilities of lutein help fight the free radical damage caused by the harmful rays, helping to prevent age-related vision disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Even for people with existing eye conditions, lutein can help stop the condition from progressing and causing further eye damage.
Brain Function – Research shows that the levels of lutein in the macular region of the eye, along with another antioxidant, zeaxanthin, are directly correlated with the brain levels of these carotenes. A sufficient amount of both lutein and zeaxanthin in the brain has proven to be an important predictor of healthy cognitive function in older adults. A population study performed on centenarians revealed just how important the antioxidants are in predicting brain health. Brain tissue analysis performed in the study found that zeaxanthin concentrations were significantly related to cognitive function, memory, verbal fluency, and the lack of dementia while lutein was associated with recall and verbal fluency.
Skin Protection – In addition to being found within the eyes and brain, lutein is also present within the skin. Lutein helps filter and protect the skin from high-energy wavelengths of visible light. This dampens possible free radical damage, slowing the rate of oxidative stress and visible signs of aging of the skin. Studies also show evidence that lutein offers significant protection against light-induced skin damage.
This potent carotenoid and antioxidant protects against free radical damage and helps defend the eyes, brain, and skin from premature and unnecessary aging. A dose of 20 mg of lutein per day has been found to be especially supportive of eye health and vision, especially when taken in combination with other antioxidants. Wellness Resources Daily Protector contains a broad range of high quality antioxidants, including lutein and zeaxanthin. So, take one more look at your plate and if it’s anything less than colorful, try supplementing with some lutein. Your eyes, brain, and skin will thank you!