Lutein: The Essential Vitamin for Your Eyes & Cognition

Summary: Lutein is known for it's benefits to your eye health, but what about your cognitive health?
Air Date: 2/12/15
Duration: 10
Host: Mike Smith, MD
Lutein: The Essential Vitamin for Your Eyes & Cognition
Lutein is an essential vitamin that has incredible health benefits. Commonly known as the eye vitamin for the way it prevents, protects, and boosts your eye health, it is also known to help prevent colon cancer, breast cancer, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.

Researchers are now looking into how lutein can also boost your cognitive health.

In a study published in The British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that lutein is the predominant carotenoid in your brain, and that adding lutein into your diet may help with your cognitive health. Researchers are suggesting further studies and tests be done on the cognitive benefits of lutein.

What are some sources of lutein?

Lutein can be found in leafy greens like broccoli, kale, spinach, and collard greens.

What else do you need to know about lutein and how it can help your cognitive health?

Dr. Mike discusses the important function lutein has on your eye health, as well as the possible benefits it may have on your cognitive health.


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