: an orange xanthophyll C40H56O2 occurring in plants, animal fat, egg yolk, and the corpus luteum

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Drizzle your avocado or olive oil on leafy greens, cooked squash or eggs to up your lutein intake even more! Emily Laurence, Good Housekeeping, 7 Feb. 2023 The vegetable's lutein and zeaxanthin pigments protect the retina and eye lens. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Rd, Health, 9 Mar. 2023 These greens in particular possess high lutein levels, along with Vitamin K, folate, and beta-carotene, which are said to have beneficial cognitive impact. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 15 Nov. 2021 Your body does not produce lutein on its own, so getting it from your diet is key and adding avocado oil to your dish is a great way to support the health of your eyes. Valerie Agyeman, Good Housekeeping, 17 Aug. 2022 This one, in particular, is fortified with iron, DHA and ARA and contains lutein for eye health and prebiotic fiber for digestion too. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Cdn, Nasm-cpt, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 2022 Eggs contain the highest biological value of protein along with disease-fighting nutrients such as vitamin D, choline and lutein. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 16 Apr. 2022 When fried at a high temperature, a large percentage of the lutein degraded within just two minutes. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, 18 Aug. 2020 Responsible for the bright colors of vegetables, lutein and zeaxanthin are found in all vegetables, but especially good sources of these antioxidants are green, leafy vegetables such as kale, parsley, spinach, broccoli and peas. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 14 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1869, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lutein was in 1869

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“Lutein.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition


: an orange xanthophyll C40H56O2 occurring in plants usually with carotenes and chlorophylls and in animal fat, egg yolk, and the corpus luteum
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