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Increased intakes of lutein may not only have a direct beneficial role in the macula of the eye, but may also affect inflammation, says a new study.

Results from a one year study indicated that 10 mg per day of lutein indicated that supplementation with the carotenoid significantly reduced levels of sC5b-9, a marker of systemic inflammation, compared to placebo.

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The naturally-occurring carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin can enhance visual performance among young and healthy consumers, according to new research sponsored by two nutritional manufacturers.

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Supplements of vitamin E may reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, but the effects seem to be canceled out when given other antioxidants.

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