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October 2016 Issue

3 Reasons to Load Up on Lutein-Rich Foods

This carotenoid powerhouse—found in yellow and green plant foods— may help you see better, look better, and stay healthier.

Lutein is a natural part of diets rich in fruits and vegetables, but dark green leafy vegetables are particularly rich sources of lutein, and yellow vegetables also contain lutein. Chopping, puréeing, and cooking lutein-rich vegetables in oil increases the bioavailability. Egg yolks also contain lutein, and many chickens are fed a lutein-enriched diet to deepen the yellow color. One study found that the bioavailability of lutein from lutein-enriched eggs was significantly higher than that of spinach or lutein supplements.

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