Which Foods Contain Eye-Healthy Carotenoids?
Foods with the highest concentrations of lutein and zeaxanthin found in macular pigment include:
- Bowl of leafy greens including spinach
- Leafy greens such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard and turnip greens are excellent natural sources of eye-healthy carotenoids.
- Swiss chard
- Mustard greens
- Turnip greens
- Green peas
- Summer squash
It was once believed that meso-zeaxanthin did not occur in natural food sources and was produced primarily by the metabolism of lutein. However, recent research has detected meso-zeaxanthin in the skin of trout, sardines and salmon, and in the flesh of trout. Meso-zeaxanthin also has been found in significant amounts in eggs from Mexico, where it is used as an ingredient in poultry feed.
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