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Wednesday, January 04, 2017


from Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience

So, how is your lutein? Lutein is one of several plant pigments that we acquire through eating leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and egg yolks. Research shows lutein accumulates in gray matter of regions of the brain known to preserve cognitive function in a healthy aging brain. University of Illinois researchers found people with higher lutein levels in the blood tended to do better on intelligence tests, but those lutein levels in the blood reflect only recent consumption of lutein. However, lutein levels in the brain suggest an accumulated benefit from a life-long diet of foods rich in lutein and further adds to evidence particular nutrients slow age-related declines in cognition. The study appears in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.