Which is better, natural or artificial lutein?
Lutein, derived from the Latin luteus meaning “yellow”, in technical terms is a xanthophyll and one of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids. In simple terms, it’s a pigment in vegetative material that has astronomically high levels of anti-inflammatory properties. As well as being known to improve or even prevent age-related macular diseases e.g. blindness or vision impairment. Although Lutein can be artificially produced and sold in tablet form, you can also obtain it from natural foods.
Getting Lutein from a pill or more naturally?
Due to the vegetative nature of lutein, it can be absorbed through natural sources like vegetables, or farmed artificially through scientific methods that are a little too complicated to explain. Let’s take our Macushield for example, in one table there is 10mg of Lutein or equivalently 45% of the whole tablet.
In comparison, Kale is one of the best sources of Lutein which possesses 40 – 115mcg (Microgram) per 1 gram. Upon reading these statistics, due to the fact that Kale has the higher statistics, you would assume that Kale is the best source of Lutein. However, this isn’t exactly true, to fully understand what is better, some mathematics must be done. One milligram consists of 1000 micrograms. So, Kale has, at maximum, 0.115mg, and therefore, doesn’t possess even a 10th of the Lutein value in comparison to a tablet form.
In conclusion, you would need to eat at least 10 grams of the healthiest Kale to accumulate as much Lutein as you would receive from one Macushield tablet. In light of this, it is evidently clear that artificial Lutein maintains dominance in the nutritional value league. We do recommend that you don’t use any artificial nutrients supplement as a sole source of achieving nutrients, and we want to advocate a healthy well-rounded diet.