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Carotenoids
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Carotenoids   Green Yellow/Orange Red

Carotenoids are fat-soluble phytochemicals with a Vitamin-A-like structure that have strong antioxidant and other potentially protective properties. Carotenoids are found in many fruits and vegetables. Although there are more than 600 carotenoids, six account for most of those found in the human diet: alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin.

Check out the USDA database at www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/ to find out the carotenoid content of foods and beverages.

Carotenoids and Disease Prevention

  • May lower risk for cardiovascular disease (refs. 1-12)
  • May lower risk of several types of cancer (refs. 13-27)
  • May lower risk of age-related eye diseases (cataracts, macular degeneration)
         (refs. 28-32)
  • May promote lung health and protect against asthma (refs. 33-34)
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