Arguably the most important sense of all five, it is vital that we keep our eyes healthy and vision at its best. Lutein is a carotenoid with anti-inflammatory properties and is one of the key nutrients for eye health, but what is it and how much do we need to keep our eyes healthy?
As mentioned, Lutein is a carotenoid. Carotenoids are a type of phytonutrient responsible for the bright colours of many plants and vegetables, particularly the red, yellow and orange hues of many fruit and veg (yep, that’s why carrots are thought to help you ‘see in the dark’!). Other than zeaxanthin – another carotenoid also essential for eye health – Lutein is the only carotenoid found in the retina, located nearer the back eye which is essential for vision.
So, how much Lutein do you need? This depends on a number of factors, including age and current eye condition. At Time Health we offer a variety of Lutein supplements, read on to learn which may be best for you.
Our strongest Lutein supplement containing the most Lutein per capsule. This product is best suited to those looking to improve their eye health, however it is recommended for those aged under 40 years. This is because it is our only eye supplement that does not contain Meso-Zeaxanthin, a carotenoid that is one of the three constituents of the macula. Those under the age of 40 are able to convert Lutein into Meso-Zeaxanthin, however past this age the body struggles to convert the carotenoid and therefore it must be supplemented.
This is our most advanced formulation, designed to provide maximum eye support for all ages. This advanced formula is created according to nature, where Lutein and Zeaxanthin are naturally found in the ratio of 5:1 and is sourced from marigold petals – a highly bio-available, natural source of all three carotenoids.
The mildest of our Lutein supplements, this formula is best suited for those with mild to moderate age-related eye problems. The dose of Lutein, Meso-Zeaxanthin and Zeaxanthin in this product has been studied to provide an optimal response in eye conditions.
Containing a mix of seven ingredients most beneficial for eye health including Lutein, Zeaxanthin, Meso-Zeaxanthin, Eyebright, New Zealand Blackcurrant, Bilberry and Goji Berry, this formula is great for supporting general eye maintenance. Alongside the three vital carotenoids for eye health, the other ingredients provide antioxidants, flavonoids, anthocyanosides and polysaccharides to further support healthy eyes.