Supporting Your Natural Eye Health With Lutein Supplements
What’s the deal with Lutein? Why is it so good for you?
Many people may have never even come across the word “Lutein” before. You may not know what it is, or realise that it can be a very beneficial addition to your diet. There may be some really great reasons for you to add a Lutein supplement to your morning routine, so let’s bust open the facts about this colourful nutrient and discover some of its potential benefits!
What is Lutein?
First up, what on earth is it? Lutein is a nutrient (it’s also known as a carotenoid) and it naturally occurs in some plants. This nutrient appears as a densely coloured plant-based pigment and is responsible for giving many fruits and vegetables their vibrant colours. Vegetables like spinach, kale, capsicum (peppers) and broccoli all get some of their colour from the rich dense yellow pigment which makes up Lutein. Closely related to Carotene, which is responsible for making orange plants...well, orange, Lutein is packed with a ton of great antioxidants. We all have naturally occurring Lutein in our eyes and brain, but it does run out once used up - so experts suggest that we replenish it through our diets - and that it’s a great idea to start doing so early on. Sadly, there isn’t a clear alarm that goes off when your Lutein is nearly all gone, so some of us could be running around with a Lutein deficiency without realising it. Lutein is pretty essential for your eye health, so a deficiency is definitely best avoided!
Lutein supplementation works to reduce risks to our eye health and defends our eyes from free radical attacks, it also has possible benefits for those who suffer from macular degeneration and has been discussed as a way to head off cataracts. Taking a Lutein supplement is a great preventative measure and using a Good Vitamin Co soft chew makes it an easy part of your daily routine. There is no time like the present to start a new habit that could be beneficial for your eye health in the long run.
Supporting Eye Health For Life
In our technology-driven world, we all seem to be spending large portions of our time staring at screens and devices. When we do this it is possible that we are subjecting our eyes to harmful blue light for much longer than is advisable. Lutein is thought to act as a kind of filter for our eyes, supporting the delicate eye tissues against harmful sunlight - as well as potentially damaging electronic blue light. With new blue light filtered glasses everywhere on the market, it’s fairly clear that the risk to our eyes is starting to be taken seriously, we don’t yet know what the long term effects of extended blue light exposure may entail, but it’s certainly wise to launch a preemptive strike. We know that the short term effects of being overexposed to blue light can include tiredness, headaches, and difficulty with sleep and concentration. When you have been on your phone or laptop for long periods of time you may notice these debilitating setbacks in mood and energy, so a great proactive move to begin supporting your eye health is to add some Lutein supplementation to your day.
Food For Thought
Which foods does Lutein naturally occur in?
- Egg yolks
- Orange Juice
- Capsicum (Peppers)
- Kiwi Fruit
When seeking Lutein from a high-Lutein diet, you’d have to eat a lot of these foods to get the full health benefits. So while adding Lutein-rich food to your dinner plate is never a bad thing, for a lot of people it may just be easier to add a Lutein supplement!
Fun Fact: The Magic of Marigold
Our natural supplements draw their Lutein from the petals of the Marigold flower, the Marigold is a member of the daisy family, which is the most popular and abundant commercial source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. So, as well as being lovely to look at, Marigold flowers are the secret ingredient to supporting your eye health for life.
Vitamin A - The Cherry On Top
Along with all the great benefits your eyes receive with Lutein supplementation when you choose the Good Vitamin Co. Lutein Gummy Supplements, you get the added benefit of Vitamin A. Each Gummy contains 125 mcg of Vitamin A, and this little added extra contains the protein ‘rhodopsin’ which is also particularly beneficial for eye function when the light is low or to support your vision at night. It’s even said that a deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to night blindness! The recommended daily dose is 700 mcg for women and 900 mcg for men, so these Lutein supplements are a great jumping-off point to making sure you also get all the Vitamin A you need.
What Is Selenium??
Good Vitamin Co. Lutein soft chews also contain a good amount of Selenium, this trace mineral is found in brazil nuts, some seafood including oysters and crayfish, veggies such as mushrooms, and in brown rice (among other things). Studies have shown that selenium may be an important ingredient for the prevention of cataracts, and could also help to slow down macular degeneration. In the Good Lutein Supplements, you get 13.5 mcg of this helpful mineral with each soft chew - that’s about a quarter of what you need every day.
Vitamin E is another great addition to these Lutein Gummy Supplements from the Good Vitamin Co. This is another really great Vitamin for boosting your immune system, and for blocking free radicals from causing damage to your cells. When it comes to your eye health, a Lutein supplement that includes Vitamin E may also ramp up your body’s ability to stave off macular degeneration. The Good Vitamin Co. Lutein supplements also combine your E with some Vitamin B, what a combo! Vitamin B is thought to work against cataract formation, and some studies have found that a Vitamin B deficiency may even play a part in the eye health of those with glaucoma.
Support Your Eye Health - Naturally!
Taking an easy, tasty and natural Lutein supplement daily is a super convenient way to support the ongoing health of your eyes. We lead busy lives and trying to figure out which Lutein-rich foods you can fit into your daily routine can feel like another chore, so going forward you can eat what you like from the veggie department, while still being certain you are getting a good dose of Lutein every day. Plus, our Good Lutein soft-chews are actually delicious! They come in a natural blueberry flavour (no artificial flavours here!) and are made with fruit pectin which makes them easy on the tummy. We also make sure that our Natural Gummy Supplements are accessible for everybody, they are halal certified and vegan/vegetarian friendly, contain zero gluten and contain no dairy, soy or nuts.
If you want to start supporting your eye health the easy way today - check out our delicious chewable Good Lutein Supplements here!