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Info about the carotenoid family, Lutein...I take Lutein myself on a daily basis for eye support.

The Carotenoid Family: Lutein

Carotenoids, of which beta-carotenes are the most popular, are found in many
fruits and vegetables, animals, plants and microorganisms. The body converts
beta carotene into Vitamin A. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin essential for
vision, growth, cell division, reproduction and immunity. Among the 600 or more
carotenoids in foods, beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein are well-known leaders
in the fight to reduce the damage from free radicals.

Lutein is another carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits. Lutein acts as an
antioxidant, protecting cells against the damaging effects of free radicals. The
central area of the retina in humans and primates is called the macula and
contains lutein as the primary carotenoid.
Lutein acts to filter and shield harmful blue light from the eye and may
decrease the risk of developing macular degeneration, the eye disease that
afflicts one in three people over age 65. [20].

Smokers who consumed the most beta-carotene and flavonoids from food, also
appeared to cut their Alzheimer's risk. [14]. Yet, smokers who take excessive
beta carotene supplements may increase their risk of lung cancer. [33].

A recent study has also shown the risk of osteoperosis with excessive Vitamin A.
Retinol is the direct form of vitamin A found in most multivitamins, cod liver
oil, liver, fortified foods, and whole milk products. Dietary retinol is
associated with fractures, beta carotene is not. Beta carotene, which is
converted to Vitamin A by the body, is not associated with any increased risk of
fracture. [34]. This study has shown that intake of vitamin A or beta carotene,
can be best obtained by eating more red and yellow vegetables than taking

The recommended safe upper limit of retinol is 3000 mcg (9900 IU) per day. This
includes all sources of retinol, including foods such as liver, dietary
supplements such as cod liver oil and vitamin A supplements, fortified foods
such as cereals, and multivitamins.

Foods high in carotenoids include red, orange, deep-yellow, and some dark-green
leafy vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, sweet
potatoes, winter squash, brussel sprouts, spinach, kale and broccoli.

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