Lutein and zeaxanthin are two important carotenoids, produced by plants that give fruits and vegetables a yellow to reddish colour. Both are potent antioxidants and offer a range of health benefits. However, lutein and zeaxanthin are best known for protecting your eyes. The human body cannot synthesize lutein or zeaxanthin on its own, which means we must obtain these important nutrients from our diet or lutein supplements.
Lutein and zeaxanthin work to protect your eyes from free radical damage. Lutein tablets or lutein capsules will often combine herbs such as bilberry and eyebright as well as nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Zinc and Selenium for optimum eye protection.
The human body cannot synthesize lutein or zeaxanthin on its own, which means we must obtain these important nutrients from our diet or from lutein and zeaxanthin supplements. Lutein is found in kale, broccoli and many other green vegetables, eggs yolks and citrus fruits all of which help protect the eyes from oxidative stress.
The antioxidant abilities of lutein help to fight free radical damage caused by blue light or sun exposure, a poor diet and other factors that increase the risk of developing age-related vision loss or disorders like macular degeneration and cataracts.
In people with existing eye damage, including plenty of lutein in their diet or from dietary supplements can help stop the condition from progressing and further damaging vision.
Lutein isn’t just beneficial for the eyes but can also help protect the skin, help lower diabetes and cancer risks and can help maintain heart health.
Remember, preventative measures are key when it comes to the long-term health of our eyes.
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