What is Lutein?
Lutein is a vitamin and also a carotenoid, which are yellow pigments found in nature (e.g. autumn leaves) and certain foods.
Unfortunately, the body is unable to produce Lutein naturally.
This means that as we grow older, the level of Lutein decreases.
This is why it is important to maintain this vital vitamin in the body for it to function normally.
Which foods are rich Lutein?
To ensure there is enough Lutein in the body, it is important to eat carotenoid-rich foods such as parsley, spinach, kale, broccoli and peas.
Some other food sources rich in Lutein include, turnip, tomatoes, oranges, kiwis, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin and avocado.
Avocado, in particular, provides many nutritional benefits.
To read more on the ‘superfood’ avocado and why you should incorporate it into your diet, check out this short article on ‘The Health Benefits of Avocado’ on our Health Hub.
vitamin A and vitamin B2 can help to support your vision.
These vitamins can also be combined with bilberry, which itself is a very nutritious fruit,
You can find bilberry and Lutein tablets at Holland & Barrett. It is a food supplement and the suggested dose is two tablets, daily, to be taken at mealtimes.
You should be able to get your recommended Lutein intake from fruit and vegetables, but sometimes getting adequate nutrients cannot be achieved through diet alone.
The eye is a vital organ of our body and taking supplements can help in maintaining optimum eye health.
Our wide range of products include Lutein supplements, capsules, eye tablets and even gummies for kids.
What are the advantages of Lutein?
As mentioned above, Lutein is a carotenoid. This is a plant chemical, which is found in various plants, algae and bacteria.
Carotenoids are yellow, orange and red pigments.
They are the reason behind the bright colours in many fruits and vegetables, such as pumpkins, carrots and tomatoes.
So, why are carotenoids good for you? Well, they act as antioxidants in the body
Provitamin A is a carotenoid that can be converted into vitamin A, which is good for immune system, eye health
How can I take Lutein?
At Holland & Barrett, we offer many options for our customers looking to add Lutein to maintain their health and help maintain their eye health.
Adults can take Lutein vitamin tablets or capsules and Holland and Barrett also has gummies designed for children.
Lutein for adults
For adults there are also Lutein soft gel capsules.
These capsules are derived from pure and natural sources. To promote synergy, the Lutein capsules include the carotenoid Zeaxanthin. Zeaxanthin is present in macular pigment in the eye..
Lutein for children
We also offer Lutein for kids, in the form of orange-flavoured gummies for easy daily consumption.
It is vital to take care of our bodies, especially young children who are still developing and growing. Having good eyesight and maintaining normal body functions from an early stage is beneficial to live a healthy, long life.
The gummies for children also contain zinc. A high level of zinc concentration can be found in the tissue under the retina. Zinc helps to transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina. Vitamin A is essential for the eyes as it allows the production of the protective pigment layer known as melanin in the retina.
Holland and Barrett also offer Vital Eyes tablets which contain vitamins and minerals including Lutein.
These Lutein tablets for the eyes, contain bioflavonoids. This helps to enhance the action of vitamin C in the body. Vitamin C helps to protect the cells from damage.
Lutein supplements for the eyes, such as the Natures Aid Lutein Eye Complex tablets also contain vitamin A, B2 and zinc to help to aid the maintenance of normal vision.
If you have any concerns with your vision, it is important to contact your GP, optometrist or medical professional first before trying to remedy it yourself.
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