Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Lutein Plays Complementary Role in Eye Care

Magazine article Nutrition Health Review

Lutein Plays Complementary Role in Eye Care

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The dietary supplement lutein has been found to play an important complementary role in eye care, according to Steven G. Pratt, M.D., and Robert Abel Jr., M.D., who spoke about the health benefits of lutein at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's annual meeting in Dallas in October 2000. Drs. Pratt and Abel discussed the increasing use of nutritional supplementation as a complement to traditional ophthalmic patient care and summarized the research on lutein's role in reducing the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

Optimal health is a lifelong job, said Dr. Pratt, and one of the goals should be maintaining macular pigment density.

"Higher macular pigment density is associated with factors that decrease AMD risk, as are high levels of serum carotenoids, dietary lutein and zeaxanthin, and a dark iris," he said.

"While you can't change the color of a patient's eyes, lifestyle modifications such as increasing fruit and vegetable intake and reducing alcohol consumption and sun exposure can tip the scales in their favor."

Dr. Pratt said that his formula for the "ideal" eye supplement would consist of 72 per cent lutein plus zeaxanthin and 28 percent beta-carotene, the same ratio of these nutrients found in spinach. …

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