Carotenoids are fat-soluble pigments that give foods their yellow or orange color. There are two main groups of Carotenoids: Xanthophylls and Carotenes.
Lutein belongs to the Xanthophyll category and is found in the retina of the human eye. It protects the macula from damage from blue light and near-ultraviolet light.
Worldwide, over 25 million people are affected by cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over 55.
Lutein has been linked with the reduced onset of AMD and cataracts, making it a valuable vitamin in slowing chronic eye diseases, which are expected to triple in the Western world by 2025.
This potent antioxidant cannot be produced by the body and needs to be consumed through certain foods such as leafy vegetables and egg yolks. Carotenoid pigments, like lutein, can also be found in foods such as cantaloupe, pasta, corn, carrots, and pepper.
Western diets are low in Lutein which is why it is often consumed as a multivitamin or dietary supplement.
LENTEIN is a great source of Lutein and it can be added to dry-mix goods and protein powders to add some carotenoids to your formulation.