COMMERCIAL APPLICATION OF LUTEIN: MARIGOLD FLOWERPIGMENTSabina Rautand Thaneshwari
In the Asteraceae family, the genus Tagetes contains annual and perennial herbaceous plants. This Asteraceaespecies is native to Mexico and other parts of warmer North America, and it has naturalized elsewhere inthe tropics and subtropics. Pigments are chemical substances that absorb light in the visible spectrum andplant pigments are also known as bioactive chemicals, natural colorants and due to their possible healthbenefits, which have enhanced their economic demand in the current setting. Marigold flowers (Tagetes)are rich in lutein, a carotenoid pigment that ranges in hue from yellow to orange-red. Lutein is a carotenoidpigment that is yellow and belongs to the xanthophyll family. Following solvent extraction and solvent removal from dried marigold flowers, oleoresin is obtained, which is refined to create a mixture of lute inand xanthophylls suitable for human consumption as a food additive or dietary supplement. The use oflute in as a good antioxidant has expanded into the nutritional, poultry industry, dyeing industry, andpharmaceutical industries.