Does lutein really help vision?
Lutein is a carotenoid with reported anti-inflammatory properties. A large body of evidence shows that lutein has several beneficial effects, especially on eye health. In particular, lutein is known to improve or even prevent age-related macular disease which is the leading cause of blindness and vision impairment.
What does lutein do for your eyes?
Lutein is one of two major carotenoids found in the human eye (macula and retina). It is thought to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from sunlight damage.
Can too much lutein be harmful?
There are no known toxic side effects of taking too much lutein or zeaxanthin. In some cases, people who eat large amounts of carrots or yellow and green citrus fruits can develop a harmless yellowing of the skin called carotenemia.
Can you take lutein on an empty stomach?
Lutein supplements are available in soft-gel capsule form. They should be taken at mealtime because lutein is absorbed better when ingested with a small amount of fat, such as olive oil.
Is lutein bad for liver?
Based on the findings of liver function tests and visual function evaluations, no toxicity or side effects were associated with lutein supplementation at a dosage of up to 10 mg/d.
Who should not take lutein?
Do not take more than 20 mg per day of a lutein supplement. Pregnant or breastfeeding women and children should not take supplemental lutein. Keep all supplements, vitamins, and other medicines securely out of the sight and reach of children and pets.
When should I take lutein morning or night?
“Digestion slows down during sleep, so taking your nutrient supplement late at night would not be associated with an efficient absorption.” Neil Levin, a clinical nutritionist at NOW Foods, agrees that morning is best for multivitamins and any B vitamins.
Is 25 mg of lutein too much?
Recommended level for eye health: 10 mg/day for lutein and 2 mg/day for zeaxanthin. Safe upper limit: Researchers have not set an upper limit for either. Potential risks: In excess, they may turn your skin slightly yellow. Research seems to show that up to 20 mg of lutein daily is safe.