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a nutraceutical product - treats Atherosclerosis, Diabetes mellitus, Eye disorders, Obesity, Cataracts, Sunburn, Lung function, Antioxidant, Muscle soreness, Preeclampsia, and Cancer

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WARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Burns, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, colon cancer, cystic fibrosis, dementia, dry skin, eye disorders (glare sensitivity), hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), immunostimulant, rheumatoid arthritis, skin conditions, sun protection, visual field loss.


Adults (over 18 years old)

Lutein is likely safe when used at doses of up to 20 milligrams daily for up to nine weeks, or 15 milligrams three times weekly for up to two years. Purified crystalline lutein is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) based on animal toxicity studies.

Although there is no proven effective dose for lutein, lutein is commercially available in various doses. For instance, the manufacturer Twinlab (Ronkonkoma, NY) makes a 6 milligram or 20 milligram lutein preparation. Lutein 12- 15 milligrams been taken by mouth for up to two years as an antioxidant and to treat cataracts. Lutein 10- 40 milligrams daily has been used for six to 12 months in the treatment of eye disorders.

Children (under 18 years old)

There is no proven safe or effective dose for lutein in children.


DISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.


Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to lutein.

Side Effects and Warnings

In general, lutein seems fairly safe. Purified crystalline lutein is generally recognized as safe (GRAS) based on animal toxicity studies.

Nevertheless, use cautiously in people at risk for cardiovascular disease due to the possibility of increasing cardiovascular disease risk in those with higher plasma lutein levels. Also, use cautiously in patients at risk for cancer due to the possibility of an increased cancer risk in those with higher plasma lutein levels.

Avoid in patients hypersensitive to lutein or zeaxanthin.

Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Due to the lack of available human studies, supplementation with lutein is not recommended in pregnant or breastfeeding women.

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