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Research on Lutein - Blinded study with visible results.

  Lutein has been shown to be beneficial to long term visual health. Seventeen participants were randomized in a double-blind study involving dietary supplementation with Lutein (15 mg), alpha-tocopherol (100 mg), or placebo, three times a week for up to two years.

   Visual performance,acuity and glare sensitivity were measured as parameters of vision health. In all parameters measured, subjects that consumed the Lutein had significant improvements in vision health when compared to the other

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groups. In another recent placebo-controlled study, Lutein resulted in a significant improvement in eye pigment and optical density when compared to the placebo. The Lutein groups also significantly improved their visual acuity when compared to placebo.

Lutein – See Why Lutein is So Important

   Lutein is naturally found in healthy eyes, and since it is not made in the body, it must be obtained from dietary sources.  Research indicates that Lutein may act as a filter to protect the central area of the eye’s retina, and the macula, from potentially damaging forms of light.  Lutein nutritionally promotes and maintains eye health.  It also possesses antioxidant capabilities.
Lutein is a member of the Carotenoid family, a group of naturally occurring fat-soluble pigments found in plants.  Lutein is the principal Carotenoid present in the macula.  The macula is responsible for supporting the health of the eye’s photoreceptor cell layer, which is why Carotenoid levels are so important.

LUTEIN SIDE EFFECTS & SAFETY (Ref- Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009)

Lutein is LIKELY SAFE for most people. Even high dietary Lutein intake of 6.9-11.7 mg/day appears to be safe. Lutein supplements 10 mg/day for a year have also been safely used.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lutein is LIKELY SAFE when used in the amounts found in food.

   Among the many minor and almost unnoticed Lutein side effects, Carotenosis is the most significant and commonly observed one. Carotenosis is basically a condition where serum Carotenoids, significantly increase in the skin which leads to an eventual discoloration of the skin, giving it a yellowish appearance or the only definitive side effect of excess Lutein consumption is bronzing of the skin (carotenodermia). There is no specific medication or treatment for such a side effect and it eventually subsides within a time span of a few months.