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Lutein > for dietary supplements

Lutein is a phytochemical contained in many fruits and green leafy vegetables. Typical dietary sources are mangoes, spinach and kale. Lutein belongs to the group of carotenoids which are known for their antioxidant and UV/blue light filtering properties. Humans accumulate lutein in their eyes as a natural shield against light. Known as “macular pigment”, it has been recognized for its ability to support vision by improving both contrast and glare sensitivity. Some studies suggest that lutein supplementation may help support normal macular pigment optical density in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As an antioxidant, lutein is part of the body's defense network against oxidative stress.



Properties of Lutein

  • available in powder form and as oily suspension (various grades)
  • natural sourced  and available from organic certified marigold flowers
  • clinically proven Xangold® lutein esters
  • cold-water dispersible powder
  • excellent flowability and low dusting
  • vegetarian, allergen-free formulation grades
  • complies with highest quality standards and regulatory requirements

Applications of Lutein

The Lutein and Xangold products are obtained from the marigold flower (Tagetes erecta) which has a high natural concentration of Lutein and Zeaxanthin. The concentration of these carotenoids in the Xangold products represents the concentration in the flower. 

In terms of dietary supplements, the BTC Lutein grades from BASF can be used in tablets (direct compressible grade available) or hard gelatine capsules, but also suspensions and effervescent tablets. The final application can be related to e.g. eye health (eye drops etc.).

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About BTC

BTC Europe is BASF's European sales organization for small and medium sized customers. Our product range covers selected speciality chemicals and performance polymers to a variety of industries as well as raw materials and additives for the pharma, food, animal nutrition and personal care industry.

Our solutions for the human nutrition industry cover health ingredients like vitamins, plant sterols, carotenoids, Omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid, besides others. As food additives we offer antioxidants, emulsifiers, whipping emulsifiers, baking enzymes, functional fat powders, and lipids.