Sunday, June 3, 2012

Introduction

Lutein  is a carotenoid, meaning a natural colorant or pigment, found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, plus various fruits and corn. Egg yolks are also sources of lutein.
Lutein provides nutritional support to our eyes and skin – the only organs of the body directly exposed to the outside environment.  Lutein has been linked to promoting healthy eyes through reducing the risk of macular degeneration.**  Other studies suggest that a mixture of nutrients, including lutein, may provide supplemental antioxidant capacity to the skin, helping counteract free radical damage.
Why is lutein important in our diet? Simply put, lutein is an antioxidant that appears to quench or reduce harmful free radicals in various parts of the body.** Free radicals can play a role in a variety of chronic diseases.
Lutein also filters the high-energy, blue wavelengths of light from the visible-light spectrum by as much as 90%.  Blue light, in both indoor lighting and sunlight, is believed to induce oxidative stress and possible free-radical damage in human organs exposed to light, such as the eyes and skin. Blue light is not the same as the commonly known ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B wavelengths of the invisible spectrum.
How much lutein do we need?  Research suggests a minimum of 6-10 mg per day of lutein from dark green leafy vegetables and other sources is necessary to realize lutein’s health benefits.  Even if you eat a balanced diet, you’d need a large bowl of fresh spinach to get about 6 mg of lutein.  Most Americans just don’t consume enough foods rich in lutein.  Lutein is widely available in a variety of nutritional supplements and fortified foods and beverages for people wanting to supplement their dietary intake of lutein, making their diet even better for their eyes and skin.
The LIB is also not aware of any adverse health reports from interactions between lutein and medications. However, the surest way to learn about possible interactions between your medication and any supplements is to consult your doctor before beginning such a regimen. The same is true for lutein.
We hope you find this site useful in learning much more about this amazing molecule with big health benefits…LUTEIN!

What is SUPER LUTEIN?

SUPER LUTEIN is a nutritional supplement containing rich amounts of carotenoids (β-carotene) with benefits comparable to eating red, yellow, orange,and dark green leafy vegetables.This Product provides appropriate supplement to those who cannot consume the daily required nutrition amount due to various reasons. The nutritional value of this product is recognized as long as its specific nutritional value amounts meet the standards as specified by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan.

   

SUPER LUTEIN contains 6 types of carotenoids.


SUPER LUTEIN
                                                             54g (540mg×100capsules)
Name SUPER LUTEIN NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT
Content 54g (540mg × 100 capsules)
Best before as specified on the package
Ingredients refined fish oil (contatining DHA), wheat germ oil, blackcurrant extracts, blueberry extracts, gelatin, glycerin, beeswax, vitamin E extracts, marigold extracts (containing lutein, zeaxanthin), tomato lycopene, carotene, gardenia (containing crocetin) , vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12
Storage Avoid high temperature, high humidity and direct sunlight. Store under cool conditions.


Ingredients Every 3 Capsules (1.62g)

energy 10.1 kcal α-carotene 840 μg
protein 0.54 g β-carotene 2020 μg
fat 0.78 g vitamin E 72.8 mg
blackcurrant extracts 72.0 mg lutein 18.0 mg
carbohydrate 0.24 g lycopene 2.16 mg
sodium 2.22 mg crocetin 3.0 mg
DHA 46.7 mg

The Ingredients of SUPER LUTEIN

In the past, people only focus on five types of nutrients ─ protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals; later, food fiber was included as the sixth nutrient. In recent years as research in active oxygen progresses, phytonutrients have become the focus and is now regarded as the seventh nutrient.
Carotenoid is the key representative of phytonutrients and cannot be produced by the body.Those interested in a balanced diet should pay more attention to carotenoids.

 

Phytochemical

In the word “phytochemical”, “phyto” means “plants”. “phyto” refer to the nutrients originating from plants.
From the carotenoids in carrots and spinach. To the polyphends in tea and table wine, anthocyanidins in bluebemies, lycopene in tomatoes, and isoflavones in soy beans, there are now thousands of known phytochemicals


Lutein
                                                               Lutein content in spinach
(per 100g of edible parts)10.20mg
A nutrient stored in the yellow spot area in eyes and in the skin.
A type of carotenoid, lutein is stored in the eyes and skin. Cabbage, the ingredient for “green juice” and spinach, a type of yellow green vegetable, are rich in lutein. Lutein is a powerful anti-oxidant and can prevent the harmful fats in the retina from over-oxidation, as well as absorb blue rays, preventing the retina from damages.

Zeaxanthin (Composition similar to that of lutein Stored in large quantities in our eye’s yellow spot areA)
Zeaxanthin content in Fuyu persimmon
(per 100g of edible parts)
0.24mg
Zeaxanthin has characteristics very similar to that of lutein. It is a member of the yellow orange pigment and is found in large quantities in plants such as maize and Japanese sweet “Fuyu” persimmon, as well as green tea, egg yolk, animal fats and the liver.
Through the process of metabolism, lutein is transformed into zeaxanthin, both of which are stored in the yellow spot area of the eyes. The latest research shows that lutein and zeaxanthin are located in different areas of the retina. The centre of the yellow spot has a higher ratio of zeaxanthin, while the periphery is mainly lutein.


Lycopene (The red colour pigments in tomatoes With powerful anti-oxidation effect)
Lycopene content in tomatoes
(per 100g of edible parts)
3.10mg
Lycopene is found in the red colour pigments of tomatoes. When turning ripe under the sun, tomatoes protect themselves from the sunlight by producing lycopene.
Like lutein, lycopene has anti-oxidation effects.
There is a saying in Europe: “When tomatoes turn red, doctors’ faces turn green”. From this we can see that tomatoes and a healthy life are closely related. Processed foods can release the benefits of lycopene better than fresh vegetables, and as lycopene is fat soluble, adding a little oil when cooking can enhance the absorption of lycopene by the body.


α- & β- carotene (The Vitamin A precursor that transforms vitamin A in the body)
                                             Carotene within Carrot
                                           α- carotene/β- carotene
                                          (per 100g of edible parts)
                                          α- carotene 3.6mg
                                         β- carotene 7.9mg
Carotene within Pumpkin
α- carotene/β- carotene
(per 100g of edible parts)
α- carotene 0.012mg
β- carotene 0.82mg
Both α- and β-carotene are found in the yellow and orange colour pigments of carrots and pumpkin. As they are safe in nature, they have been used as a colour addictive in foods, drinks and cosmetics since ancient times. Carotenes will be transformed into vitamin A according to the needs of the body. As they are important to the body, specialists have been actively conducting research on them for many years. Carotenes that have not undergone transformation have greater anti-oxidation effects.

 

Crocetin (A natural carotenoid closely observed by researchers all over the world)

Crocetin is found in the fruit of Cape jasmine and the stamen and pistil of saffron. It is both fat and water soluble. Its most striking feature is its tiny molecular volume, which makes it easily absorbed by the body. At present researchers worldwide are conducting in-depth studies on how crocetin can relieve eye fatigue.
Take Cape jasmine for example. The colour molecules found in its fruit contain a glucose substance “crocetin (crocetin glycoside)” which is water soluble. This colour pigment can be said to be a safe, naturally occurring colour dye. It has been used as a colour addictive in Japanese “wagashi” sweet snacks and rice since ancient times. Crocetin is crocetin with the glucose removed, and only 1kg of crocetin can be extracted from 750kg of fruit, and is thus a precious natural carotenoid.


The Manufacturing Process of SUPER LUTEIN

From the blending of raw materials, refining, to delivery, the whole production process of Super Lutein is operated under the strict quality control system of Naturally Plus.

We do not own the fields that grow raw materials, nor do we operate the production facilities that extract and combine ingredients, yet we have renowned intemational partners in these areas who are strongly backing us up. We work with partners all over the world to supply you with quality products for your enjoyment in absolute peace of mind.


NNFA Japan (The National Nutritional Foods Association of japan) is an industry organization that supplies nutritional supplements and health foods to Japanese consumers, Its members include food manufacturers in Japan, the US and other countries.

Main Ingredient Lutein extracted from Marigold Flowers
Marigold is a herbal plant that has anti-inflammatory and skin-beautifying effects, and has been highly regarded since ancient times. In recent years, scientists have discovered that it contains a very important nutrient ─ lutein, which makes its usage even broader. The main composition of SUPER LUTEIN is lutein. It is extracted from African marigold grown in Thailand and lndia using pesticide-free cultivation methods.


Extraction, Refining and Crystallization Processes Resulting in high quality lutein
The marigold flowers are grown in farms contracted by Kemin Health of USA. They are handpicked and then grounded into powder in facilities in Thailand, after which they will be pressed into ciroular discs.Then they will be sent to partner companies with facilities in lndia, where they will be further processed and shipped back to Kemin Health facilities in lowa, USA After long hours of meticulous rising and washing to remove impurities, high quality lutein crystals of exceptional purity are produced. The whole process of extraction, refining and crystallization to the manufacturing of free lutein has been named and patented as “Flora GLO Lutein” by Kemin Health.
※ Flora GLO is a registered trademark of Kemin lndustry lnc.