Definition

A xanthophyll found in the major LIGHT-HARVESTING PROTEIN COMPLEXES of plants. Dietary lutein accumulates in the MACULA LUTEA. Pigment from egg yolk and leaves. Found in all higher plants. Nutriceutical with anticancer and antioxidation props. Potentially useful for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye Lutein is a xanthophyll and one of 600 known naturally-occurring carotenoids. The principal natural stereoisomer of lutein is (3R,3?R,6?R)-beta,epsilon-carotene-3,3?-diol. (Wikipedia)

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