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Lutein may prevent and help treat eye disease

This study followed 70 people with signs of early AMD who took 10 mg of lutein per day or a placebo. After one year, signs of systemic inflammation had increased monthly in the placebo group while decreasing from 60.3 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) at baseline to 46.3 ng/ml in the lutein group at 12 months.

Doctors said this is the first study to show that taking lutein reduces circulating levels of a marker of systemic inflammation that plays an important role in developing AMD, and that lutein may be a potential preventative and treatment. 

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