We need lutein to see well. The human body cannot synthesize this important nutrient and that is why we need to get lutein from food. The American Optometric Association recommends 10 milligrams a day of lutein. However, the average American consumes less than 1.0 milligram daily.
Lutein plays a major role in eye health. It is concentrated at levels up to a thousand times higher in the retina of the human eye than in the rest of the body.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects more than 1.75
million individuals in the United States. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible blindness among adults.
Dark leafy greens are our only realistic source of lutein. Other foods contain only minute amount of lutein. In order to consume 10 milligrams of lutein from apples or eggs, you would have to eat 73 pounds of apples, or 42 eggs in one day. At the same time you can get over 10 milligrams of lutein from 100 grams of spinach, kale, or dandelions.
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