Know More About Lutein and the Benefits it Adds to Your Health

Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin and acts as an antioxidant that is well-known for protecting eye and skin health. Thanks to various studies, it has now been linked with keeping your heart healthy and also counters cognitive ageing.

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Know More About Lutein and the Benefits it Adds to Your Health

Highlights

  1. Lutein has various health benefits
  2. Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin and acts as an antioxidant
  3. It has now been linked with keeping your heart healthy
You may have been hearing a lot about Lutein and its numerous health benefits. Many experts suggest adding more lutein rich foods in one's diet as they will help ward off various health hazards. However, do you know what lutein is and how it helps in keeping us fit? Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin and acts as an antioxidant that is well-known for protecting eye and skin health. Thanks to various studies, it has now been linked with keeping your heart healthy and also counters cognitive ageing. Here's more about this antioxidant that is believed to have been a great source of keeping healthy -

What is lutein and how does it help?

Lutein is an antioxidant that is obtained from plants and green leafy vegetables like broccoli, spinach, etc. Some of the foods that have lutein include kale, corn, orange pepper, kiwi fruit, grapes, orange, zucchini and squash. It is also found in egg yolks and various animal fats. Lutein is also a pigment that adds colour to food, therefore, more the lutein content, darker the food colour. The antioxidant abilities of lutein help to fight free radicals that damage our body cells. Here are some proven benefits of lutein -

1. Protects the eye vision

Lutein is considered as a natural treatment for mascular degeneration, which is a common cause of blindness among older adults. It is also known as 'eye-vitamin' that helps reduce the risk of oxidative damage that can lead to various problems in the eye.

2. It has anti-inflammatory effects

According to the study published in journal Atherosclerosis, lutein being an antioxidant has anti-inflammatory effects and is known to suppress long-term inflammation in patients with coronary artery disease. Lutein is also absorbed and stored by the cells of the immune system.

3. It is heart friendly

According to the new research in the journal Atherosclerosis, some vegetables containing high lutein content were particularly beneficial in reducing heart diseases and even treating the condition after it was formed. Lutein, like any other carotenoids acts as an antioxidant to reduce the effect of free radicals, which further keeps the heart healthy.

4. It can counter cognitive ageing

According to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, lutein-rich foods not only give you your required dose of vitamins and proteins, but can also do wonders for your overall cognitive skills. It is something that a human body does not produce on its own and that you would have to add more lutein rich foods in your diet to help you reap benefits.

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