AdulthoodIn adulthood, lutein continues to protect the eyes, brain and skin. Lutein in the eye and brain appear to improve adults’ reaction time and eye-hand coordination.1 Lutein and zeaxanthin in the retina also protect the eyes against glare.2,3,4 Macular pigment is also associated with the ability to see well in the dark and with improved depth perception.

This has borne out in research with lutein supplementation. In one study, lutein supplementation alone or in combination with zeaxanthin improved visual performance in low light.5 Lutein has also been reported to protect against the harmful effects of long exposure to computer display light and to prevent eye fatigue with stressful tasks like proofreading.6,7

Adults can continue to benefit from lutein throughout adulthood, protecting the skin from aging and overall brain health.


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