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Lutein Has a Role to Play in Eye Health
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Lutein is an organic yellow pigment, technically known as a carotenoid vitamin and related to beta carotene, synthesized by plants and thus stored in the fat of herbivore animals. It gives chicken fat its colour, for instance. The pigment accumulates in the human retina, where it helps protect against the cellular damage caused by the sun's radiation, specifically the free radicals created by the ultraviolet wavelength that produces the colour blue. Lutein absorbs the light from that portion of the spectrum. Lutein is particularly concentrated, due to selective filtered accumulation from plasma, in the macula, the retinal area dedicated to...