Found in dark green leafy vegetables, it has also been shown to lower risk of age-related macular degeneration
Researchers have known for a while that getting enough lutein in your diet seems to be a good thing for eye health; people who consume more of this deep yellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruits are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, for example. But lutein may have a special role in brain health as well.
In an article she wrote for the journal Nutrition Reviews, Elizabeth Johnson,
The need for lutein may start early. Johnston writes that because children have twice the percentage of lutein in their brains as adults, there is a good chance that lutein is important for neural development during the first years of life.
Unfortunately, most Americans don’t get enough lutein. While there is no recommended dietary allowance for lutein, it takes 6 mg per day to lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration. The average adult gets less than 2 mg per day. Kale, collards and spinach are the lutein powerhouses, but you can also find it in broccoli, eggs and avocados, among other places.
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