The Benefits of Lutein For Your Eye Health

Supporting Your Natural Eye Health With Lutein Supplements

What’s the deal with Lutein? Why is it so good for you?

Not many people would have come across the word “Lutein” before, know what it is, or even assume that it might be useful in your diet. Let’s bust open the facts of this richly colourful nutrient and discover its benefits!

 

What is Lutein?

First up, what on earth is it? Lutein is a nutrient (otherwise known by scientists as a carotenoid) and naturally occurs in plants. This nutrient is a densely coloured plant-based pigment and is responsible for giving many fruit and vegetables their vibrant colours. Vegetables like spinach, kale, capsicum (peppers) and broccoli benefit from the rich density of yellow pigment that the nutrient Lutein supplies them. Related to Carotene, which is responsible for making orange plants...well, orange, Lutein is packed with a ton of antioxidants. Turns out, humans too, 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 start doing it early on. Sadly, there isn’t a clear alarm that suddenly goes off once it’s all gone and the Lutein tank is running on empty, so we could be running on empty for years before starting to consume Lutein again! Lutein is known for its eye health benefits, as we already store Lutein from birth in our eyes which supports their development, gives them some of their colour and supports their everyday health from day one. In adults, Lutein works to reduce risk to eye health and defend your eyes from free radical attacks which can cause them to suffer, later in life!

 

Supporting Eye Health For Life

In a technology-driven world where we spend half of our time buried in some kind of screen device, we are subjecting our eyes to harmful blue light for long hours in a day. Lutein is thought to act as a kind of filter for our eyes, supporting the eye tissues against harmful sunlight as well as electronic blue light. With new blue light filtered glasses everywhere on the market, it’s a clear sign that blue light is being taken seriously in our fast-paced world, as the long term effects of its exposure are not yet known but being pre empted. We know that the short term effects of being overexposed to blue light can include tiredness, headaches and difficulty sleeping or concentrating. Anyone on their phones or screens for long periods of time may notice these little set backs or not, but could support their eye health while enjoying screen time by adding Lutein back into their diets. 

Which foods does Lutein naturally occur in?

  • Egg yolks
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Oranges
  • Orange Juice
  • Capsicum (Peppers)
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Zucchini
  • Squash

When seeking Lutein from a high-Lutein diet, you’d have to eat a lot of these foods to get the full health benefits, although adding Lutein-rich food to your dinner plate is never a bad thing!

 

Fun Fact: The Magic of Marigold

Our natural supplements draw their Lutein from the petals of Marigold, a member of the daisy family, which is the most popular and abundant commercial source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. So, apart from being incredibly beautiful, Marigold flowers are the secret ingredient to supporting your eye health for life.

 

Support Your Eye Health - Naturally!

Taking an easy, tasty and natural Lutein supplement daily is the convenient way to support your eyes’ ongoing health and wellness. Trying to figure out which Lutein-rich foods to pack into your diet doesn’t have to be a chore, you can enjoy the vegetables you like while still getting your dose of Lutein in through supplementation instead. You can also enjoy phone time and work on screens without the niggly guilt of what the blue light might be doing to your eyes and overall wellness. We have the solution so that your daily rituals don’t have to change! Our Good Lutein soft-chews are actually delicious, naturally blueberry flavoured (no artificial flavours here!) and is made uniquely with pectin which makes it easy on the tummy!

 

 If you want to start supporting your eye health the easy way today

Check out our delicious chewable Good Lutein Supplements here!

Always read the label and use as directed. Vitamins are supplementary to a balanced diet.
The Good Vitamin Co, Auckland