Your Eyes and Your Health



Your eyes need nutrition, too! A natural food component called lutein has been getting a lot of attention in the medical industry as of late. This is because researchers agree that lutein acts as an antioxidant and may help protect cells from damage. Lutein also has the ability to filter out some of the damaging rays of the sun.

Lutein is present in the eye, in both the lens and the macular region. But lutein has its highest concentration in the macula lutea - the eye tissues responsible for central vision.

Since the body does not make lutein, you can obtain it only from the foods you eat. Studies have shown that the amount of lutein in the macula can be changed based on the level of lutein in the diet, so you should be sure to eat foods that contain lutein. Lutein-containing foods include dark green leafy vegetables and fruits such as oranges and tangerines.

Studies suggest lutein is important because it helps support eye health. Ongoing studies should reveal more about this vital substance.