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Nature Made Lutein Review – 8 Facts to Consider

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Facts | What's Inside? | Benefits | Cautions | Cost | Directions | Conclusion

Lutein is a health product recommended as support for healthy eyes and vision. Considered a potent antioxidant, the manufacturer claims that this supplement can maintain eye health, due to the necessity of a high Lutein content in the human retina. For optimal vision, all parts of the eye must function properly, including the macula, a part of the retina that is specialized on central vision.

Manufactured under the brand name Nature Made, the product belongs to the large Pharmavite company. Considered one of the leading names in the supplement industry due to its high quality manufacturing practice, the company makes an effort to provide its customers with the best products at an affordable price.


1) Lutein Quick Facts

The main ingredient in Lutein is Lutein, a naturally-occurring carotenoid. This vitamin-like substance is found in large quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. People that try maintaining a balanced diet might already receive sufficient amounts of Lutein, making the use of such supplements redundant.

Considered a potent antioxidant, this substance is found in high concentrations in the macula, a portion of the retina that is specialized on central vision. Research shows that a low concentration of Lutein in the macula can lead to a condition called age-related macular degeneration which can even lead to blindness. Regular consumption of Lutein has also been associated with a lower risk of cataracts and photophobia.

Studies have not revealed any counter indications for this product. Nevertheless, if you experience any unexpected effects when consuming Lutein, stop taking the product and consult your doctor.

What’s Inside?

2) What’s Inside Lutein?

Lutein contains the following ingredients: Lutein, Corn Oil, Gelatin, Glycerin, water, and artificial colors (Carmine, Titanium Dioxide, and Caramel).

3) Is Lutein Right for You?

Lutein is a natural product that contains Lutein as the only active ingredient. Each soft gel capsule was designed to deliver 20mg of this substance, the recommended daily dosage for lutein varying between 6mg and 30mg per day.

Lutein is considered a carotenoid vitamin that can be found in many fruits and vegetables. Being one of the two major carotenoids found in the human eye, lutein is believed to function as a light filter, protecting the eye tissues from intense light. Several researchers concluded that consuming foods rich in lutein may decrease the risk of developing AMD (age-related macular degeneration). This substance is absorbed from food and is transported to the macula where it acts as an antioxidant. High intake of lutein is also believed to lower the risk of developing eye cataracts. Unfortunately, researchers are not yet certain if lutein supplements offer the same benefit as lutein naturally absorbed from food.

The manufacturer recommends taking one soft gel capsule daily, with a meal. Please note that lutein is best absorbed when taken with a meal rich in fats.

The fact that we could not find many positive testimonials posted online about Lutein is not very concerning. Lutein supplements are designed to prevent the development of eye diseases and not cure them. Because they are beneficial in the long term, most people may not be aware of the product’s efficacy.


4) Lutein Benefits & Results

  • Can support eye health and vision
  • Affordable product: a month’s supply costs around $12
  • Manufacturer has received numerous awards for their quality practice
  • Contains no starch, gluten, yeast, artificial flavors, colors and preservatives
  • 30-day money-back guarantee


5) What You Need to Know Before Taking Lutein

  • May not provide benefits for people maintaining a balanced rich in vegetables
  • Purchasing directly from the manufacturer is not possible
  • Shipping costs differ among retailers


6) Lutein Cost

Lutein has good value. One bottle contains 30 soft gel capsules and is sold for a relatively low price. If you follow the suggested dosage, each bottle should last for a month of treatment.

Unfortunately, this product cannot be purchased directly from the manufacturer. However, it can be easily acquired. If you are having difficulties in locating a retailer suitable for you, the store locator application available on the manufacturer’s webpage should be of great help.


7) Directions For Taking Lutein

It is recommended you take one capsule of Lutein daily, preferably with a meal high in fats.


8) Conclusion

As with many supplements, Lutein provides maximum benefit for people that have a deficiency of the main active ingredient. If you have a balanced diet, rich in green vegetables, there is a high chance that you would not benefit greatly from taking this supplement.

For people that cannot or do not maintain a balanced diet, this supplement has been shown to provide great benefits. It sped up healing of eye trauma and improved central vision for many customers that have reported the effects that Nature Made’s product had on their health.

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