Lutein for healthy eyes and beautiful skin
Lutein is a carotinoid, an important compound in the human body that helps maintain healthy eyes and skin as we age. It is an antioxidant that appears to reduce harmful free radicals, which can play a role in a variety of chronic diseases.
Lutein has an especially strong protecting effect to our eyes and skin, the only organs of the body directly exposed to the outside environment. Lutein filters high-energy, blue wavelenght of light from the visible-light spectrum.
Blue light, in both indoor lighting and sunlight, is believed to induce oxidative stress and possible free-radical damage in human organs exposed to light, such as the eyes and skin.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin for a good vision
Research shows, that lutein - in conjunction with zeaxanthin - reduces the intensity of blue light by as much as 90% in the retina, which could significantly reduce oxidative damage.
Studies have shown that lutein may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition that may develope as one ages and is the leading cause of loss of sight for individuals over 65 years of age.
It occurs when the cells in the macula degrade, causing loss of sight in the center part of the field of vision, but leaving peripheral vision intact. Lutein is deposited in the macula of the eye through the lutein we consume.
Lutein filters blue light and may protect the macula from free-radical damage. If through the years of exposure to light and other stressors, the macula begins deteriorating, age-related AMD can result.
Studies suggest that lutein and zeaxanthin intake also may reduce the incidence of cataracts. Cataracts are a generalized clouding of the lens and often associated with the aging process.
Lutein maintains healthy, young skin
Damage occurs to all layers of the skin as a result of environmental exposure. Sunlight has the potential of doing damage to all layers of the skin. This damage may be associated with a depletion of the skin´s natural antioxidant system as we age.
As with our eyes, nature also deposits lutein throughout our skin. Lutein acts as an antioxidant and has the power to fight off free radicals which develope through the UVA and UVB waves of the visible sunlight.
A recent human clinical study showed that 10mg of Lutein Royal in combination with Zeaxanthine daily may increase skin hydration by 38% and skin elasticity by 8% and decreased skin lipid peroxidation by 55%.
Lipids are oily components within the skin critical to healthy skin appearance. Furthermore, they provide a barrier function that slows the loss of moisture in the skin.
Getting enough lutein daily therefore may provide supplemental antioxidant capacity to the skin, helping counteract this damage to keep the skin young.
Do you get enough lutein?
Unfortunately the body is unable to manufacture lutein. Therefore, the only way to get enough lutein is through eating the right food or by taking dietary supplements. Lutein is found naturally in green leafy vegetables, e.g. kale, spinach and brokkoli, but also in egg yolks and corn.
Consumer statistics show that only 25% of the people eat the recommended amounts of vegetables and fruits daily. Experts suggest a daily intake of 6-10mg Lutein per day. But even if you eat a well balanced diet you would have to consume a large bowl of spinach every day to get 6mg of Lutein.
That is easier said than done. Therefore, taking a high quality dietary supplement like Vitality Lutein Royal each day gives you the lutein identical to the lutein found in spinach and other foods.
What is the difference between Free Lutein and Lutein Esters?
FloraGlo Lutein is purified free lutein, identical to the lutein found in green leafy vegetables, the highest sources of lutein in our diet. Lutein esters are primarly found in low concentration in fruits and are sometimes used in products instead of the more expensive free lutein.
But Lutein esters are chemically different from purified free lutein. In order to be absorbed by the body, it requires enzymatic digestion in the small intestine to be transformed into free lutein. Lutein Royal on the other hand is absorbed directly by the body without the need for enzymatic digestion.