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Lutein reduces inflammation

Earlier research found that carotenoids such as lutein offer anti-inflammatory protection. Many people with coronary artery disease (CAD) have low grade chronic inflammation.

In this study, doctors measured levels of the six most common carotenoids in 193 people with CAD, and compared to levels of the inflammatory marker, interleukin-6 (Il-6).

Of all the carotenoids, lutein was the only one with a direct link to Il-6: as levels of lutein increased, levels of inflammatory Il-6 decreased.

In a follow-up leg of the study in the lab, doctors took inflamed cells from people with CAD and exposed them to lutein and found that inflammatory activity decreased significantly. Doctors said that these findings, taken together, show that lutein can resolve chronic inflammation in people with CAD.

 

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