Lutein – What You Should Know
Posted Thursday, August 14, 2008

By guest-blogger Alison Gers

Working in the vitamin industry, I consider lutein to be the present blockbuster supplement. Research has been incredible regarding lutein's potential benefits including for AMD1 and general eye protection, promoting long-term skin health (moisturizing, anti-aging and sun protection)2, and heart health.

Over the last year I've spoken with many people regarding daily supplements and suggest that they add lutein to their daily routine. For those that are aware of the benefits of lutein, I have gotten many responses that their current multivitamin now includes lutein in its formula. As I investigated further I was appalled at what I found.

Research suggests a minimum of 6-10 mg per day of lutein from either foods or other sources. In order to even get 6 mg of lutein from food you'd have to eat a large bowl of fresh spinach. Certain multivitamins have added only 250 mcg (4% of the minimum research suggests)! Lutein is then screamed out on the outside of the packaging as a great addition to the product.

It is important for people to be aware of the amount of lutein they are taking. I suggest that people take a separate lutein supplement or make sure their current vitamins have at least 6-10 mg of lutein daily.*

*Check with your physician before changing your daily regimens.

Alison Gers is the Director of Marketing for Vitamin Health (, which provides long-term eye and joint health supplements recommended by physicians worldwide. Their number one goal is provide patients with the highest quality products at an affordable price. As a side interest, Alison also writes her own vitamin blog to help keep consumers educated about vitamin research at

1. Age-Related Eye Disease Study Research Group. Archives of Ophthalmology. "The Relationship of Dietary Carotenoid and Vitamin A, E and C Intake With Age-Related Macular Degeneration in a Case-Control Study: AREDS Report No. 22." Volume 125:1225-1232. September 2007.
2. P. Palombo, G. Fabrizi, V. Ruocco, E. Ruocco, J. Fluhr, R. Roberts, P. Morganti. "Beneficial Long-Term Effects of Combined Oral/Topical Antioxidant Treatment with the Carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin on Human Skin: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study." Skin Pharmacology and Physiology. Vol. 20, No. 4, 2007.


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