Lutein

Lutein
Image of Lutein | C40H56O2 | Supreme Pharmavet
Chemical FormulaC40H56O2
Molecular weight568.886 g/mol
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Traditional NameLutein
CAS Registry Number127-40-2

 

Lutein (from Latin luteus meaning “yellow”) is a xanthophyll and one of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids. Lutein is synthesized only by plants and like other xanthophylls is found in high quantities in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and yellow carrots. In green plants, xanthophylls act to modulate light energy and serve as non-photochemical quenching agents to deal with triplet chlorophyll (an excited form of chlorophyll), which is overproduced at very high light levels, during photosynthesis.

 

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