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By 2017, the increase of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) will have increased in baby boomers to be affecting over 12 million people in the US over age 40. In that year, this is predicted to be a 15.5 billion dollar market for eye related supplements alone. Lutein has antioxidant & anti-inflammatory effects directly related to the eye (especially AMD) & it is NOT produced in the body naturally. It must be obtained thru food (the best sources are dark leafy green vegetables, yellow/orange fruits & egg yolk) or supplements at a level of 6-20 mg a day (all sources). The main caution on Lutein is a yellowing of the skin (from carotenoids) similar to taking too much beta carotene or drinking excessive amounts of carrot juice. Lowering the dose will decrease blood levels & the skin will return to normal. A 10 year study following 35,551 women compared the incidence of cataracts & lutein consumption. Data showed a decrease of cataracts with the higher consumption of lutein. Other evidence shows that Lutein may also reduce the risk of sunburn, since it accumulates under the skin. Now that you know more about Lutein ~
Q1 – What does AMD stand for?
Q2 – If you consume excessive carotenoids, what color will your skin turn?
Q3 – How much Lutein does the body produce naturally?
Q4 - How much Lutein should you consume in your daily diet?
Q5 – How much will we spend on eye supplements by 2017?
And now you know a little more about Lutein!
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