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What is Lutein and How Can It Support Vision Health?

What is Lutein and How Can It Support Vision Health?
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You may have noticed that we sell lutein supplements at Puritan’s Pride – but what exactly is lutein? Whether you've heard of lutein but haven’t tried it yet or have never come across this supplement before, we’re here to share everything you need to know about lutein.

Discover what lutein is, what it is good for, and how you can get more lutein into your diet.

What Is Lutein?

Lutein is commonly referred to as “the eye vitamin”. Naturally found in healthy eyes, lutein is a pigment called a carotenoid and is closely related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Our body can’t produce lutein itself, meaning that we must get it from our diet or with the help of lutein supplements.

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What Does Lutein Do?

Lutein nutritionally supports the health of your eyes.* It contributes to healthy vision, protecting the eyes along with another carotenoid, zeaxanthin.

Both lutein and zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that work together to fight off free radicals. It’s important to ensure that we are getting enough lutein in our diet to support the health of our eyes and vision by eating plenty of foods rich in lutein or by taking lutein supplements.

What Foods Are High in Lutein?

As a carotenoid, lutein is often found in fruits and vegetables that are yellow, orange, or red in colour. Add more of the following foods into your diet to give your lutein levels a boost:

  • Egg yolk
  • Corn
  • Orange pepper
  • Spinach
  • Courgette
  • Kiwi

What is Lutein Good For?

Lutein offers a range of health benefits. Lutein can help to support:

  • Eye health*
  • Brain function*
  • Skin protection*

Lutein can also be used to support age-related macular degeneration or cataracts.*

Can Lutein Help Dry Eyes?

Yes, lutein supplements and foods rich in lutein can help to prevent dry eyes. As an antioxidant, lutein works to protect against cell damage and maintain healthy eyes, helping to reduce symptoms of dry eyes.*

Is Lutein Worth Taking?

If you are concerned about your eye health, it is worth speaking with a doctor or pharmacist to discuss what eye vitamins they recommend. They can also advise you on how much lutein you should take.

Lutein and Blue Light Protection

In today’s digital world, we often spend more than 10 hours per day in front of a screen. Whether that's working on a computer, using a smartphone, or watching TV, screen time is starting to become a health concern for our vision health.

You may have already heard that using electronics at night can be damaging to your eyes due to the blue light it emits. It can also impact the body’s natural circadian rhythm, affecting your sleeping patterns.

Too much blue light exposure can lead to premature ageing of the eyes and digital eyestrain. Signs of eyestrain from blue light includes sore eyes and dry eyes.

How to Protect Eyes from Blue Light

Even if it seems as though there is no way to avoid exposure to blue light, there are some ways to decrease exposure:

  • Take frequent breaks from screen time, preferably every twenty minutes.
  • Invest in computer glasses that are yellow-tinted and block blue light.
  • Wear anti-reflective lenses on sunglasses and glasses.
  • Use screen filters on smartphones to block blue light or use the iPhone “night shift” button to switch away from blue light. There are also apps to block blue light on smartphones.
  • Use warm orange or red dim lights for night lights.

A daily lutein tablet can help your eyes to filter out harmful blue light from digital devices.*

Lutein Supplements at Puritan’s Pride

Help protect and nurture your eye and vision health with lutein supplements from Puritan’s Pride.

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* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 

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