Lutein, nicknamed “the eye vitamin” is a type of carotenoid antioxidant that is most well-known for protecting eye health. The average person who eats the Standard American Diet is likely running low in lutein, in addition to other important antioxidants. The human body cannot synthesize lutein or zeaxanthin on its own, which means we must obtain these important nutrients from our diet (or in some cases, supplements). You already know that filling up on plenty of fruits and veggies is good for you — and here’s just another example of why that is. Along with another vision-boosting antioxidant called zeaxanthin, lutein is abundant in anti-inflammatory, cancer- fighting foods including kale, broccoli and many other green vegetables, eggs yolks and citrus fruits — all of which help protect the eyes from oxidative stress.
Here’s a great article explaining more on Lutein
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