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January 2000 Issue

Eggs Provide Eye Protection, But Are No Match for Leafy Greens

Q. Your article "Fending Off Vision Loss" (EN, September 1999) mentions only fruits and vegetables as sources of lutein and zeaxanthin. Aren't eggs also a good source?A. Eggs are a source of lutein and zeaxanthin—antioxidants that appear to protect against both age-related macular degeneration and cataracts by filtering out damaging sunlight and squelching harmful free radicals in the eye— but they're not a very good one, says Billy Hammond, Jr., Ph.D., a carotenoid

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