"Lutein is a carotenoid found in vegetables and fruits. It is not made in the body and can only be obtained through large amounts of certain fruits and vegetables or through food and vitamin supplements. Products containing lutein are in high demand by consumers who don't have time or don't choose to consume enough lutein in their diets.
Lutein is the primary carotenoid found in the macula, which is the central part of the retina. Lutein has been found in the eye, serum, skin, cervix, brain and breast. Within the human eye, lutein deposits itself in the macular region as well as the entire retina, ciliary iris bodies and lens. While not a vitamin, lutein is an antioxidant that may help protect the macula tissue from destructive oxidation reactions by quenching free radicals. Lutein also filters high-energy blue light that can damage the macula and skin.
Researchers at Harvard found that eating 6 mg of lutein a day lowered the odds of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness in older people, by 43%. According to several studies, loading up on lutein also seems to reduce the odds of cataracts by 20% to 50%.
Lutein is found abundantly in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, but few people eat enough to get an adequate intake of lutein. In order to consume the recommended 6 mg per day, one must eat a large bowl of spinach salad or equivalent.
Vitabase used FlorGlo lutein extract in Lutein Plus, because it is the highest quality lutein on the market. FloraGLO brand Lutein is purified from marigold extract using patented processes so consumers can be sure supplements containing FloraGLO brand Lutein contain the same lutein that is found in nature.
Unlike lutein esters, FloraGLO brand lutein is chemically identical to lutein found in spinach, kale, collard greens, and other green leafy vegetables in our diet. In fact, 93 percent of the lutein absorbed by the human body is present as lutein - not lutein esters.
If you would like to provide to protect your eye health and provide powerful antioxidant protection for your body, then Vitabase Lutein Plus is the answer for you. In addition to Lutein, our formulation also contains bilberry which provides additional antioxidant protection for supervision and optimal health."