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Lutein / Zeaxanthin
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are xanthophylls, members of the carotenoid family.
They are isomers of each other. They are the primary carotenoids found in the
macula, the central area of the retina.
DRI (RDA or AI for Adults)
- Vegetables, including corn and spinach, are good food sources of lutein and
- Nutritional supplements often use marigold flowers as the source.
- Lutein: 3 mg to 20 mg.
- Zeaxanthin: 200 mcg to 1,000 mcg.
POSSIBLE THERAPEUTIC APPLICATIONS
- Cancer (breast, colorectal, lung)
- Macular degeneration
- Lutein and zeaxanthin are most beneficial for vision. They may act as filters
to protect the macula from some damaging forms of light (blue and