Women’s Health

Lutein Vitamins and Women's HealthLutein’s benefit for eye health is well documented. This is especially important for women, as they are at a higher risk for age-related macular degeneration than men. That’s because women have a 20% deficiency in macular pigment in the eye compared to men.

Expanding research in women’s health has identified lutein in breast milk and umbilical cord plasma, suggesting the powerful antioxidant carotenoid plays a role in pregnancy and prenatal health and that these carotenoids may be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy. However, one study titled “Effect of the stage of lactation in humans on carotenoid levels in milk, blood plasma and plasma lipoprotein fractions” found that the levels of carotenoids present in breast milk declined at levels faster than lipids or other fat-soluble vitamins over the period of lactation. In more mature breast milk, the levels of these carotenoids was not in the same balance as during early lactation, suggesting that continued daily use of lutein vitamins is essential for women’s health during pregnancy and prenatal health stages of childbirth and beyond.

Furthermore, studies have also linked the consumption of foods and vitamin supplements rich in carotenoids like lutein, lycopene, and beta-carotene may have protective and preventive benefits against the risk of breast cancer. Another study entitled “The relationship between reduced vitamin antioxidant concentrations and the systemic inflammatory response in patients with common solid tumors” identified a link between antioxidants like lutein vitamins and the occurrence of cancerous masses in the body. The study found that the majority of patients with advanced cancer have reduced circulating concentrations of the vitamin antioxidants including retinol, tocopherol, and carotenoids like lutein, suggesting that increased levels of these antioxidants could suppress the risk of developing cancers including breast cancer.