Jarrow Formulas Lutein 20mg, 60 Softgels


Lutein is an antioxidant carotenoid that occurs in nature with zeaxanthin; a closely related carotenoid. Lutein and zeaxanthin concentrate in the eye’s macula and lens; as well as in the skin; breast and cervical tissues.* Both lutein and zeaxanthin protect the macula from degradation normally associated with aging and oxidative stress.* The macula is responsible for focus and color differentiation. Lutein and zeaxanthin are found in dark green; leafy vegetables. While the average American intake of lutein is only 2 mg per day; other population groups consume up to 20 to 25 mg per day.* Jarrow FORMULAS Lutein is extracted from marigold petals. Each softgel contains 20 mg elemental lutein from lutein esters; which are naturally occurring; more stable and are well absorbed. Keep out of the reach of children.

Jarrow Formulas Lutein, 20mg, 60 Softgels
At a Glance:
  • Provides effective levels of the important eye-protecting nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin that must come from dietary intake*
  • Better stability and absorption with naturally occurring lutein esters
  • For adults of all ages who are concerned about maintaining healthy vision*
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Provides effective levels of the important eye-protecting nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin.

Jarrow Formulas Lutein, 20mg, 60 Softgels Product Shot

Better stability and absorption with naturally occurring lutein esters.
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Two “Minor” Carotenoids Provide Major Protection

Jarrow Formulas Lutein is a blend of lutein and zeaxanthin extracted from marigold petals and then purified into crystalline form. These carotenoids (a family of brightly colored pigments in plant foods) are less common than their better-known relative, beta-carotene, but they appear to offer more and greater benefits to the body. In particular, lutein and zeaxanthin have been shown clinically to support visual function and to protect the health of eye tissues as we age.* In addition, preliminary research suggests that lutein and zeaxanthin may support the cardiovascular system and help to maintain normal cell differentiation in the tissues of the breast, cervix, colon and skin.*

What are Lutein and Zeaxanthin?

Lutein and zeaxanthin are important antioxidants used by the body for a number of physiological functions.* Lutein is a carotenoid which does not supply vitamin A activity to the body. It is chemically distinctive in that it lacks part of the terminal “ring” structure of the other carotenoids. Like its close relative zeaxanthin, lutein is what is termed a xanthophyll carotenoid. Both of these related carotenoids are better antioxidants than is beta-carotene under normal oxygen conditions. Lutein can be metabolized into zeaxanthin and is therefore the more essential carotenoid. Zeaxanthin has been shown to be present in the center of the macula. Lutein and zeaxanthin are usually found together in leafy green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, spinach and mustard greens.

One of the primary functions of lutein and zeaxanthin is to provide protection against oxidative and free radical damage.* These yellow-colored carotenoids are found in high concentrations within the macula lutea (the yellow spot in the center of the retina) and in smaller amounts throughout the retina and the eye lens. They are also present in the skin, breast and cervical tissues. These stores, however, appear to diminish with age if not regularly replenished through dietary means.*

Healthy Vision

Scientists believe that lutein and zeaxanthin contribute to the density of macular pigment–the component of the eye which typically absorbs and filters out 40 to 60 percent of damaging near-ultraviolet blue light (near-UV blue light) which strikes the retina. The denser the pigment, the more the inner retina is protected from light-induced damage. Lutein/zeaxanthin also helps limit blue light damage to the inner retina by protecting against lipid peroxidation and by neutralizing free radicals.*

Considerable evidence shows the importance of lutein and zeaxanthin in supporting the health of the eye lens as we age.* The results of a study published in the British Medical Journal showed that the consumption of spinach maintained eye lens health better than other vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash, which contain primarily beta-carotene and very little lutein. Similarly, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, people who eat foods rich in lutein–particularly kale and spinach–are more likely to maintain optimal vision.* Protection most likely comes from the scavenging of free radicals. Lutein/zeaxanthin helps to guard against peroxidation in the lens, thus limiting damage to this tissue.*

Cardiovascular Health

As is true of vitamin E, but not of other carotenoids, lutein is found in blood plasma at levels correlated with the amount of cholesterol. Tests suggest that although lutein is a relatively minor component of LDL cholesterol in comparison with vitamin E, its antioxidant protective effects may be ten times greater if compared on a one-to-one basis.*

Regulated Cell Growth

Several studies have indicated that lutein and zeaxanthin may be helpful in protecting cells in various tissues of the body, such as the skin, breast, cervix and large intestine.* A 1999 Harvard epidemiological study indicated that lutein is one of the nutrients which is associated with better breast health.* Likewise, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a similar positive association between the consumption of lutein and colon health.* Lutein, like lycopene and a number of other carotenoids, would appear to influence the regulation of cell growth and repair.*

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  1. D. Rohrick says
    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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    Works For My Eyes, March 29, 2012
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    D. Rohrick (Linton, ND) –
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    I’ve always had exceptional eyesight (20/10), but as I’ve grown older I’ve been noticing a decline in my vision. After doing some research I decided to start taking a Lutein supplement. I wanted a supplement that contained at least 20mg of Lutein at a reasonable price. This Jarrow Formulas product fit the bill, so I ordered a bottle. I’ve got about a week’s worth left and I can definitely say my vision has improved. I can’t say it’s solely from the Lutein because I also quit drinking soda/pop after finding out that Aspartame is bad for eyes. Additionally, I started taking a Bilberry supplement around the same time I began taking this Lutein. Regardless, I know my vision is improving so I will continue to take Lutein and Bilberry supplements. Thanks for reading.

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  2. 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    Price is great, October 19, 2011
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    Cheryl (Dallas, TX) –

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    My ophthalmologist recommended that I start taking lutein and recommended that I take Preservision. This has 10 more milligrams than Preservision and in the stores is about $20 less a month and is recommended by the staff at Sprouts. Then I found it at Amazon. The price at Sprouts in $19, and I saved almost $13 by having it auto-shipped, and there is no shipping cost. I am very please, especially as it is necessary to my vision that I take this. This pill itself is a gel-tab and is fairly small and easy to take.

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  3. 9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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    Eye Saving Product, June 19, 2012
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    C. Lee
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    For some odd reason, my left eye’s vision was really bad. Even if I changed my glasses prescription, in two weeks or so, my left eye dried out quicker and everything seemed brighter from my left eye’s perspective.

    I’ve tried acupuncture, eye/gel drops, eye masks, and eye lid cleaners which did work, but the effects did not last long. I then tried this product as my last option, and boy was I not disappointed.

    This lowers the light intensity and brings more color to my left eye; on certain occurrences, it feels as if my left eye sees more clearer than my right eye.

    Use this product with eye drops to nourish your eyes!

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