Carotenoids – Phytochemical

26th August 2018PureNakedVegan

Carotenoids are a class of phytonutrients (“plant chemicals”)

Carotenoids are plant pigments responsible for bright red, yellow and orange hues in many fruits and vegetables.

Rich in carrots, sweet potatoes, watercress, pees

There are over 1100 known naturally occurring carotenoids which are split into two classes

xanthophylls (which contain oxygen)

1.Lutein – A carotenoid vitamin. It is related to beta-carotene and vitamin A. Foods rich in lutein include broccoli, spinach, kale, corn, orange pepper, kiwi fruit, grapes, orange juice, zucchini, and squash. Lutein is absorbed best when it is taken with a high-fat meal.

2. zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are the eye vitamins as they are used to prevent eye diseases as only carotenoids found in the retina.

3. beta-cryptoxanthin

carotenes (which are purely hydrocarbons, and contain no oxygen).

1.  Alpha-carotene

 

2. Betacarotenoids

 

3. Lycopene

 

Articles:

What Are Carotenoids?

Lutein for Preventing Macular Degeneration -Lutein May Decrease Your Risk of Macular Degeneration

 

Research:

The role of carotenoids in human health.

Nature and distribution of carotenoids

Prevention of age-related macular degeneration

Lutein, lycopene, and their oxidative metabolites in chemoprevention of cancer.

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids as antioxidants.

Carotenoids: potential allies of cardiovascular health?

Carotenoids and cardiovascular disease.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin—Food Sources, Bioavailability and Dietary Variety in Age-Related Macular Degeneration Protection

Carotenoids and Alzheimer’s disease: an insight into therapeutic role of retinoids in animal models.

Molecular Anti-inflammatory Mechanisms of Retinoids and Carotenoids in Alzheimer’s Disease

 

 

 

 

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