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What Is Lutein & What Foods Can I Find It In?

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Lutein is a xanthophyll and a non-provitamin A carotenoid with anti-inflammatory properties.

A large body of evidence shows that lutein has several beneficial effects, especially on eye health.

Just like the other primary xanthophyll carotenoids, zeaxanthin.

Lutein is concentrated in the macula.

The macula is a small area of the retina responsible for three-color vision.


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Lutein, A Xanthophyll With Many Health Benefits

Lutein is a xanthophyll, which is an oxygenated carotenoid.

It has a similar structure to other carotenoids. (source 🗗)

Lutein is a well-known antioxidant with several health benefits and is for instance used in the management of oxidative stress-related diseases. (source 🗗)

You can find more benefits of lutein in Lutein: 7 Research-Backed Benefits .

Important To get Enough Lutein

We are not able to synthesize carotenoids and therefore need to include them in our diet. (source 🗗)

Iron, zinc, and protein deficiencies may affect the absorption of lutein. (source 🗗)

How To Get Lutein?

Foods with a high content of lutein are egg yolk and maize (corn). (source 🗗)

There are also substantial amounts of lutein in the green leafy vegetables and some fruits such as avocado and kiwifruit, grapes, spinach, orange juice, zucchini, and different kinds of squash. (source 🗗)

In a well-balanced diet, lutein intake should be sufficient.

There is no need for supplementation.

But in the presence of inadequate absorption or chronic diseases supplementation might be considered. (source 🗗)


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Foods You Can Find Lutein In

You find Lutein mostly in dairy, egg, and vegetable products.

Examples of food sources include

  • Egg Yolk
  • Whole Egg
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • Butter
  • Whole Milk
  • Nonfat Milk

Foods That Contain Lutein In Our Nutrition Tool

You can find regularly updated top ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

We currently have just a few foods in our nutrition tool that contain Lutein.

Here's our short list of foods that contain Lutein.

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Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.