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

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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 Among leafy greens, kale stands out for also containing high levels of the antioxidant lutein. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "From oatmeal to sardines, 7 foods that really can help hearts stay healthy," 7 May 2018 These include lutein and zeaxanthin, which are found in foods like spinach, kale, and eggs, and may reduce your risk of chronic eye diseases. Korin Miller, SELF, "6 Simple Ways to Take Better Care of Your Eyes," 1 Apr. 2018 And the lutein and zeaxanthin in the yolk contributes to eye and brain health. Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Study shows egg yolks are actually good for you | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 Corn happens to be an excellent source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which research finds are critical to maintaining eye health. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "10 seriously filling salads you'll want to eat all summer," 6 June 2017 Coincidentally, nasturtium flowers are high in lutein, a pigment possibly of use in maintaining vision and good eye health. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "What flower tolerates poor soil, little water and Miami’s summers — and is edible?," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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