Thursday, February 7, 2008

How To Get Enough Lutein

How To Get Enough Lutein

Lutein is a carotenoid that is vitally important for healthy eyes. A healthy diet that includes lutein lowers your risk of developing cataracts and helps prevent the medical condition known as macular degeneration. There is currently no RDA for consuming lutein, but eating such lutein-rich foods as potatoes, tomatoes, kale, spinach, corn, carrots and greens daily will provide an ample serving. Lutein supplements are available to buy, but if you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables they should not be necessary. One very important study actually found that the body absorbs lutein from eggs better than any other source of this all-important carotenoid. And if you happen to raise your own chickens, you can feed them flower petals from marigolds, which are also a rich source of lutein. The pigment causes the egg yolks to be a darker shade of yellow. And you'll be getting an even healthier egg than can be found in your local grocery store. Your heart will thank you and you should literally see the benefits of lutein for years to come.



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