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Using paracetamol for chronic pain? Take lutein as well.

panadolThe 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.

Sindhu ER1, Firdous AP, Preethi KC, Kuttan R. J Pharm Pharmacol. 2010 Aug;62(8):1054-60. doi: 10.1111/j.2042-7158.2010.01123.x.