Vision lutein and zeaxanthin
Diseases Prevention of cataract, prevention-related macular degeneration (AMD)
Beneficial Dermatological protection, sun protection, protection against ultraviolet and burns (sunburn), antioxidants
Lutein (C40H56O2) is one of six hundred carotenoids known and more precisely one of the three pigments present in high concentrations in the retina, it forms a tiny yellow spot which measures no more than two millimeters in diameter in the macula. This particular shade if lutein is the percentage of its concentration, it is yellow in low rates and red-orange in high concentration. It is good to know that this carotenoid is not synthesized by the body and yet it is crucial to the functioning of the skin and vision.
To obtain a single lutein intake may be considered, either by the daily diet by promoting foods that contain either or dietary supplement.
In the diet, it is mainly present in vegetables such as yellow corn and carrots in green vegetables with leaves, like spinach and sorrel, lettuce and broccoli and cabbage and peas. It is also located in some fruits including oranges and peaches, edible flowers only one course with the carnation of India and finally it is contained in egg yolk.
Lutein deficiency Lutein medicinal properties
Unfortunately intakes of lutein in the diet is generally poor, due to the fact of an unbalanced diet or the consequence of other factors, with smoking and alcohol often responsible, pregnancy and lactation also what generally results in a deficiency of this carotenoid. And this deficiency leads to negative effects for the body and greater risk of health problems especially for the eyes and skin.
Lutein has antioxidant qualities of the most effective, because it filters blue light, and decrease the action of free electrons responsible for damages created many eyes. A carotenoid intake in this, greatly reduces the risk of cataracts and prevent retinal degeneration (AMD), as it was proved its protective power and an increase in density of macular pigmentation, significantly to protect vision. Lutein is more often associated with zeaxanthin (another carotenoid), as it provides a more efficient risk prevention of eye problems.
With taurine is an amino acid concentrated in the retina, lutein, zeaxanthin and taurine are a winning trio.
Lutein is also of great benefit for skin protection, it increases the rate of lipid in the epidermis that protects skin from certain external attacks. This results in increased tolerance to the sun, studies have proven its ability to reduce inflammatory reactions caused by ultraviolet rays, and a reduction in the intensity of redness done by the sun (sunburn). It was also shown the importance in terms of protection of a dermatological lutein intake to counter and UVB damage caused by the ultraviolet that act directly on DNA modification and can supply a high risk of cancer of the skin.
Lutein other uses
Lutein is a natural pigment and red-orange that is used as a dye E161b, and is used to tint the skin from poultry in yellow and therefore more attractive to consumers.
Dermatological protection, sun protection, protection against ultraviolet and burns (sunburn), prevention of cataracts, antioxidant-related macular degeneration (AMD).