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Lutein is an antioxidant known as carotenoid, the pigment commonly found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale and broccoli. It also naturally occurs in the macula region of the human eye. The development of eye conditions such as macular degeneration and cataracts occur when proteins that make up the lens fiber are damaged. This protein damage is caused by oxidation and exposure to blue light or sun exposure.
AOR sources sustainable Lutein, it is wildcrafted from drought-and-heat-tolerant marigold. Wildcrafted, as the name implies, are plants that grow in the wild. They are not farmed or otherwise manipulated with extra watering or fertilizer, but must endure drought, flood, insect and animal predation, and compete with weeds. Unlike commercially or organically grown plants, wildcrafted plants are completely on their own. As is the case with humans, a certain amount of stress is beneficial. Wildcrafted plants have developed strategies to fight off insects, handle changing environmental conditions and sequester vital nutrients and enzymes to help ensure their own survival. Once harvested, they typically offer more in terms of health benefits and nutrients.
- Country of origin: China
- Part used: Marigold flowers (Tagetes erecta L.)
- Solvent for extraction: Water/ethanol, extract ratio 40:1
- Stored form: Red orange suspension liquid