Intake of lutein-rich vegetables is associated with higher levels of physical activity

Georgina Crichton*, Merrill Elias, Ala’A Alkerwi, Jonathon Buckley

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    Levels of physical inactivity, a major contributor to burden of disease, are high in many countries. Some preliminary research suggests that circulating lutein concentrations are associated with high levels of physical activity (PA). We aimed to assess whether the intake of lutein-containing foods, including vegetables and eggs, is associated with levels of PA in two studies conducted in different countries. Dietary data and PA data collected from participants in two cross-sectional studies: the Maine-Syracuse Longitudinal Study (MSLS), conducted in Central New York, USA (n = 972), and the Observation of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Luxembourg Study (ORISCAV-LUX) (n = 1331) were analyzed. Higher intakes of lutein containing foods, including green leafy vegetables, were associated with higher levels of PA in both study sites. Increasing the consumption of lutein-rich foods may have the potential to impact positively on levels of PA. This needs to be further explored in randomized controlled trials.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)8058-8071
    Number of pages14
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - 18 Sept 2015


    • Lutein
    • Physical activity
    • Vegetables


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