Lutein: A Red-Wine Alternative

Filed Under: Heart Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

If you’ve read any of the reports about healthy heart nutrition, you may have read about the benefits of drinking red wine.  And some of you may have stocked up on Cabernet or Beaujolais.

But a healthier and less expensive way to protect yourself from cardiovascular problems and to support your eyes can be found in a carotenoid called lutein. Found in most fruits and vegetables, lutein is an important part of healthy heart nutrition.  It is found most abundantly in spinach, kale, and collard greens, and to a lesser degree in broccoli and brussel sprouts.

To get these levels in your diet, you could eat spinach or kale once or twice a week and you'll find a great spinach recipe here. There’s also a delicious dish my friends affectionately call Frittata a la Dr. Sinatra that I think you'll love.

You can also get lutein by taking a dietary supplement. Lutein supplements are available in health-food stores, pharmacies, and grocery stores.   Most doctors and holistic health practitioners recommend that you take at least 6 mg a day.  I agree.

For more information on healthy heart nutrition, visit

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