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Lutein Drove Recent Supplement Growth; Single Herbs Stayed Flat – Study

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The inclusion of lutein in multivitamins almost single-handedly propelled an increase in dietary supplement use since the late 1990s, according to a study in the Feb. 14 Archives of Internal Medicine

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