Eyecare News Lutein for the eyes

Published on August 9th, 2012 | by Mark Erickson

Lutein for healthy vision

Several studies have shown that an increase in the consumption of foods rich in certain carotenoids Lutein, in particular dark green, leafy vegetables, decreases the progression of macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss.

Eating foods rich in carotenoids like lutein decreases the risk of developing macular degeneration

One carotenoid in particular, Lutein, has been found to reduce the risk of the worsening macular degeneration. Lutein is a pigment found in dark, green, leafy vegetables, including spinach, collard greens and kale, among others. Lutein protects the macular pigment layer by increasing its density and by absorbing the sun’s harmful blue light spectrum and neutralizing harmful free radicals.Lutein slows macular degeneration shown in this photo

Researchers have found that eating just 6 grams of lutein daily was enough to reduce the risk of the progression of macular degeneration by 43%.

What if I already have macular degeneration?

Studies have also indicated that eating foods rich in carotenoids decreases the risk of developing advanced macular degeneration and wet macular degeneration.

How much lutein do I need to eat?

The good news is…not much! Here is a list of lutein-rich foods and their serving sizes.

2.1 ounces of cooked spinach; 1.5 ounces of collard greens; 1.8 ounces of watercress; 1 ounce of kale 6 ounces of celery (about 3 stalks).

See some eye-healthy recipes here

Vitamin supplements

Lutein, bilberry, ginko biloba, grape seed extract, and eyebright are all used in TEBS eye vitamin, a total eye and body support vitamin that is recommended by Dr. Deupree. You can read more about this powerful eye vitamin here, or order the eye vitamin online here.

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About the Author

Mark Erickson is a certified ophthalmic technician and ophthalmic photographer. He is a technical writer in the eye care industry. Mark is also an ophthalmic medical illustrator. His works have been published on the covers of more than 60 eye care publications. Some of his clients include National Geographic, Bausch & Lomb, Johnson & Johnson, Transitions, Genentech and Allergan.



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