Lutein is the primary carotenoid located in the center of the retina, called the macula.
Lutein is a member of the carotenoid family, known for their anti-oxidant properties.
The carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin may help fight age-related eye disease.
Foods rich in lutein include spinach, broccoli, kale, corn, green peas, lettuce and collard greens.
It has also been suggested that supplements containing lutein may also protect the retina.
If you are considering food supplements to help maintain eye health in particular, a plant pigment called lutein is especially useful.
For example, a supplement company a few years ago started to include lutein in their multivitamin pill.
One egg has more lutein than a large serving of vegetables.
Taking lutein supplements can significantly increase blood levels of lutein & the amount of macular pigment present in the retina.
This looks yellow, due to its pigmented lutein cells (luteus is latin for yellow).
They also supersede other fruits in the antioxidant lutein, which, in studies has shown to protect people from cataracts.
I am taking Lutein which is claimed to be a strong scavenger of free radicals.