Lutein is a nutrient found in many yellow and green vegetables. Chopping, pureeing and cooking lutein-rich produce makes this nutrient more available for use in the human body.
Research, reported in Environmental Nutrition, has demonstrated the value of lutein for maintaining the health of the retina of the eye, and the integrity of the skin. Some studies have shown that diets rich in lutein [and zeaxanthin] may help slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. It has been noted that people with generous amounts of lutein in their diets also have more youthful looking skin with fewer wrinkles than would be expected for their age.
Yet another possible benefit of eating lutein-rich foods is the prevention of atherosclerosis [hardening/narrowing of the arteries]. High blood levels of lutein appears to help control blood pressure, and reduce the oxidation of LDL [“bad”] cholesterol which contributes to the risk of heart disease. The best sources of lutein are: kale, spinach, dandelion greens, turnip greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard, collard greens, broccoli, and yellow corn.
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