The carotenoid, lutein, has been found to protect rats from liver damage induced by either paracetamol (found in Panadol and many other painkillers), dry-cleaning fluid and alcohol.
The liver-protective action may be due to lutein's antioxidant effects.
Carotenoids are a class of natural fat-soluble pigments that are found in many fruits and vegetables. Consumption of a diet rich in carotenoids has been epidemiologically correlated with a lower risk for several diseases.
Yet another study finding that a healthy diet needs to be high in fruits and vegetables. Lutein is also available as a supplement.
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