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Ask Tufts Experts November 2013 Issue

Q: Is it possible to get the recommended 10 milligrams of lutein from food? Can you give some examples of dietary sources?

Answer :  “It should be, if one consumes a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Lutein (from the Latin luteus meaning “yellow”) is a xanthophyll and one of 600 known naturally occurring carot-enoids. Lutein is synthesized only by plants and, like other xanthophylls, is found in high quanti-ties in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale and yellow carrots.”

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