Lutein Demonstrates Potent Circulatory Protection
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Lutein is a carotene best known for its role in helping the macular pigment of the eyes to reduce the risk for blindness from macular degeneration. A new human study shows that lutein boosts antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in the circulation, mechanisms of cardiovascular protection.
The researchers supplemented either 10 mg or 20 mg of lutein per day or placebo for 12 weeks. Lutein showed that it reduced free radical damage to fats, reduced inflammatory CRP, and boosted total antioxidant capacity. The 20 mg dose was best, demonstrating statistically significant improvements compared to the placebo group.
It is often the case that a person takes lutein for eye health. It is nice to know it also helps protect the cardiovascular system at the same time.
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