Lutein is an anti-oxidant in the carotenoid family, a group of naturally occurring fat-soluble pigments found in plants.

What it does

Lutein is the main carotenoid present in the central area of the retina called the macula and acts as a filter to damaging purple light. It works alongside another carotenoid call zeaxanthin and both are found in spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, leeks, peas, and egg yolks.

Potential Uses

Age related macular degeneration Cataracts Dry eye

Lutein and zeaxanthin are typically found in combination with bilberry in supplement formulated to protect eye function.


Generally, there are no side effects or contra-indications from using lutein.

At the time of writing there were no well known negative drug interactions with lutein.

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