lu·​tein | \ ˈlü-tē-ən How to pronounce lutein (audio) , ˈlü-ˌtēn\

Definition of lutein

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

Examples of lutein in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spinach is already rich in vitamin A, lutein, folate, vitamin C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "The USDA is turning spinach red to boost veggie consumption," 7 Nov. 2019 Spinach is rich in lutein, potassium, fiber and brain-boosting folate, and just one cup of raw leaves contains 15% of your daily intake of vitamin E, an important antioxidant for fighting off the damaging molecules known as free radicals. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Top 34 bestselling 'fruit' drinks for kids deemed unhealthy," 16 Oct. 2019 One study suggests that pastured hens deposit more lutein and zeaxanthin into their egg yolks. Daphne Miller, Washington Post, "Lutein supplements are everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about this nutrient.," 23 Sep. 2019 Almonds are the richest in vitamin E, and pistachios have lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids important for eye health. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Plus, a medium avocado contains 40 percent of your daily fiber needs, is naturally sodium-free, and is a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that may protect your vision. SELF, "19 Healthy, High-Fat Foods to Keep You Full and Satisfied," 8 Aug. 2019 Spinach is exceptionally rich in three carotenoids: beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthier version of spinach dip is perfect for summer party season," 14 June 2019 Protect against vision loss: Just one cup of kale has more than your whole day's worth of the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, which help shield ocular tissues from harmful UV damage and may reduce your risk of cataracts. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Kale Is Actually One of the Healthiest Things You Can Eat," 17 Dec. 2018 Calendula Calendula is a beautiful bright orange flower native to the Middle East that’s packed with the antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, and lycopene. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "Meet The Registered Nurse And Herbalist Who Grows Her Own Natural Cures," 28 Aug. 2017

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1869, in the meaning defined above

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lu·​tein | \ ˈlüt-ē-ən How to pronounce lutein (audio) , ˈlü-ˌtēn How to pronounce lutein (audio) \

Medical Definition of lutein

: 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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