Top 10 Foods Highest in Lutein and Zeaxanthin

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids known for giving vegetables their green or orange colors. Like other carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin play a role in maintaining eye health and preventing macular degeneration. (1,2)

Foods high in lutein and zeaxanthin include dark leafy greens, peas, summer squash, pumpkin, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, and pistachios.

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Data Sources and References

  1. Krinsky NI, Johnson EJ. Effects of lutein and zeaxanthin on aspects of eye health Mol Aspects Med. 2005 Dec;26(6):459-516. doi: 10.1016/j.mam.2005.10.001. Epub 2005 Nov 23. 16309738
  2. Li X, Holt RR, Keen CL, Morse LS, Zivkovic AM, Yiu G, Hackman RM. Lutein and Zeaxanthin and Their Roles in Age-Related Macular Degeneration-Neurodegenerative Disease Nutr Rev. 2023 May 10;81(6):670-683. doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuac076. 36094616
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