Eggs Maintain Healthy Eyes

 

 

Eyes need carotenoids to remain healthy. However, the human body cannot produce the two carotenoids that the eyes need. So they must be obtained through food or supplements.

The carotenoids that the eye needs are the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. They can be obtained in fruits, leafy vegetables and eggs.

Lutein and zeaxanthin are thought to play a role in protection against age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and cataracts.

Research has shown that the lutein in eggs may be better absorbed by the body than it is from other sources. But supplements containing lutein and zeaxanthin plus others that the eye needs are excellent additions to a healthy diet.

A chicken egg yolk contains approximately 290 micrograms of lutein and 210 micrograms of zeaxanthin.

Sources:

http://www.pdrhealth.com/drug_info/nmdrugprofiles/nutsupdrugs/lut_0164.shtml

http://www.apluswriting.net/health/eyehealth.htm

http://www.upi.com/ConsumerHealthDaily/view.php?StoryID=20060922-025600-3455r

http://www.apluswriting.net/health/carotenoids.htm

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