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Xangold® Lutein

Xangold® - Our Naturally Sourced Lutein

Xangold® is the most natural lutein ester available, extracted and purified from marigold flowers, the richest natural source of lutein. It is cold-water dispersible with excellent flowability and low dusting. With its health benefits, Xangold® is used in various dietary supplements, beverage, infant nutrition and food applications.

With more than 150 years experience in producing health and performance ingredients for the dietary supplement, food and beverages industries, BASF supplies a broad portfolio of carotenoids. Xangold® is BASF’s premium range of natural Luteins, which reduces the sourcing complexity due to the high usage flexibility in several applications.

Sources of Lutein

Lutein is a carotenoid which is found in many fruits and green leafy vegetables and which occurs both as lutein esters and free lutein. Free lutein is found in kale, spinach, collards, celery, and lettuce. Lutein esters are found in chili, pepper, papaya, tangerine, mango, and oranges, as well as in egg yolk.

Benefits of BASF’s Xangold®

  • We offer a variety of solutions of our natural sourced, clinically proven Xangold® lutein esters for your dietary supplements, food and beverage applications.
  • We provide a broad product range of Xangold® with excellent flowability and low dusting across various application types.
  • We support our customers and partners with technical application services and development as well as tailor-made trainings in our globally linked Human Nutrition labs around the world.

What makes BASF’s Xangold® unique?

With its Xangold® product range, BASF offers several powder and oil products with excellent flowability and low dusting. BASF’s carotenoids serve as nutritionally valuable colorants for all different kinds of fat-based and water-based foods. Easy-to-use powders and dispersions are available to meet your needs, as well as vegetarian, allergen-free formulations to reliably match the preferences of today’s consumers.

Our ingredients remain stable during food production and storage and produce versatile, vibrant colors that consumers find attractive. We provide reliable and stable color hues between yellow, orange and red as well as support on color matching.


Xangold® Lutein esters are known as health ingredients and are mainly applied in several dietary supplement applications. Furthermore, they are also used as a food colorant for beverage and food applications.

Health benefits of Lutein and Xangold®

Xangold® as a lutein is very important for the eyes since it selectively accumulates in the retina at the back of the eye, where the incoming UV light radiation hits the eye. Here it absorbs UV radiation and protects the eye from damage. The more lutein is accumulated there (the spot is called the yellow spot, or macula lutea), the better the possible eye protection.

Supplementation with lutein increases macular pigment density in healthy people as well as in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD); it improves vision (visual acuity) in AMD patients and helps reduce the risk of disease progression. People with Western dietary habits consume only 1-2 mg of lutein daily, which is not sufficient to prevent AMD. At least 6 mg of lutein per day are recommended.

Xangold® lutein esters have excellent bioavailability reaching blood levels of approx. 1 micromol/L after 2 weeks of supplementation. Clinical studies with Xangold® lutein esters have shown that lutein esters increase macular pigment density (Trieschmann M et al., 2010) and improve visual function in AMD patients (Murray IJ et al., 2013).

Beside its function as a blue light filter, lutein is an antioxidant which supports the human body in its defense against oxidative stress caused by metabolism and ageing processes, or by environmental factors like UV light and air pollution. As an antioxidant, lutein is important for the cardiovascular system, metabolism, joints and muscles, the immune system, and for the liver. Recently, lutein has been attributed a prominent role in brain and memory support, since lutein selectively accumulates in the brain.

Further information about lutein and Xangold® lutein esters is available upon request.

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