From supporting brain development in infants to cognitive function in adults, there is a growing body of evidence that suggests lutein is an important nutrient for brain health and function throughout one's lifespan.
Protection from the Start
Much of a baby's brain health is determined during gestation; unfortunately, today's typical diet often doesn't provide expectant mothers with all of the nutrients the developing baby's brain needs for healthy development.
During pregnancy, lutein levels in the mother’s bloodstream increase dramatically while other carotenoid levels remain fairly constant.1 The same preferential increase in lutein levels over other carotenoids is also found in the cord blood, supporting that these increased levels are because the prenatal baby requires lutein and is reliant on his or her mother for the nutrient.
The mother's body does not produce lutein, often requiring supplemental use to meet the demand of both infant and mother. Continued use of supplements containing FloraGLO will help assure the baby receives the amount of lutein he/she requires for proper neural development and protection.
Preferential Uptake of Lutein in Infants
While lutein represents only 12% of the carotenoids in the typical infant diet, at 59% it is the dominant carotenoid in an infant's brain, indicating preferential uptake of the nutrient.2 Lutein is deposited in areas of the infant brain such as the occipital lobe, hippocampus, frontal cortex and auditory lobe.3 Lutein’s well known anti-inflammatory and anti-antioxidant properties likely protect the infant brain during development.
Importance of Lutein for Older Adults
As lifespans lengthen, the need for lifelong mental acuity becomes greater, leading consumers to become increasingly proactive about their brain health by taking measures to avoid the cognitive decline that frequently accompanies the maturation process.
While lutein and zeaxanthin together represent only 17% of the carotenoids in the typical adult diet, they account for 45% of the carotenoids in a centenarian's brain with 34% being lutein alone, indicating selective uptake of the nutrient from the diet or supplementation. This appears to help the individual maintain cognitive function and brain health by protecting the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation.
The Eye-to-Brain Connection
Lutein and its well-known ocular properties are linked to brain health through the retina, connected to the brain by the optic nerve. Both the eyes and brain contain measurable amounts of lutein, and show a propensity to accumulate it preferentially.
This suggested link between eyes and brain allows lutein to help optimize synaptic gap communications between the two in order to improve reaction time and the processing of rapidly moving objects.
1. Oostenbrug GS, et al. Br J Nutr 80:67-73, 1998.
2. Vishwanathan, R., et al. 2014 J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 59(5):659-65
3. Vishwanthan et al., Lutein is the predominant carotenoid in the human brain, Poster at the International Carotenoid Society Conference, 2011
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