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Lutein: Health Benefits

By , On December 28, 2012

Lutein, a yellow-hued carotenoid (that’s also found in non-yellow foods), has been receiving much well-deserved attention as of late. This powerful antioxidant may help fight everything from cancer to aging, and it’s available in so many foods that there’s no excuse not to add it to your daily diet.

Egg yolks provide the most readily absorbed form of lutein — leafy greens are also an excellent source.

While no recommended daily allowance has been determined for this powerhouse nutrient, experts recommend 4-6 mg a day. However, federal surveys found that the average American consumes only about 2 mg of lutein daily.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this could easily be doubled by eating a salad consisting of one cup of spinach and one egg (which would give you 4 mg of lutein). Why should you care about how much lutein you’re eating?

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