- Lutein has various health benefits
- Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin and acts as an antioxidant
- It has now been linked with keeping your heart 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.