Lutein is known as a carotenoid vitamin that acts as a colour pigment in the macula and retina of the eye. If you think of vitamin D as the 'sunshine vitamin' then you can think of lutein as the 'vision vitamin'.
Sources of Lutein and Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are not made within the body and can only be obtained from what we eat therefore a proper diet and/or supplementation is essential - however the good news is these two antioxidants are found in abundance together in many fruits and vegetables.
Good sources of lutein and zeaxanthin include brightly coloured fruits and vegetables such as carrots, squash, pumpkin, paprika, yellow-fleshed fruits, oranges and melon as well as leafy green vegetables such as kale, spinach, cos lettuce, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.