Written by Atiqah Jasin, Marketing Executive
WHAT IS CAROTENOIDS?
Carotenoids are a large category of 650 different red, orange, yellow, and green pigments found in plants.
In fact, when leaves shift from green to red-orange to yellow in the fall, it’s due to the wonderful spectrum of carotenoids hidden under the surface.
Some of the most common carotenoids are alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, and lutein, to name a few.
Besides providing you with a beautiful backdrop to your autumn walks, these compounds boast powerful health benefits.
IMPORTANCE OF CAROTENOIDS
- Some carotenoids, like beta-carotene, convert to vitamin A in the body, which helps improve immune system activity.
- They act as protective antioxidants.
- Studies of various types indicate that consuming carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables may help prevent cardiovascular disease, some cancers (lung, prostate), and macular degeneration(leading to vision loss) and cataracts. However, note that dietary supplements of high amounts of isolated carotenoids may not, however, be beneficial in all people. Studies are mixed. Go with food-based sources of carotenoids for best results and greatest benefit.