Carotenoids are the natural source of colors in many fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids contribute to antioxidant activity in cellular lipids, support normal cellular growth and renewal and assist healthy levels of immune cell activity.* Carotenoids promote cardiovascular health, including support for a healthy antioxidant response to LDL cholesterol.* Additionally, carotenoids promote eye health and may slow down some of the effects of aging.*
There are more than 600 known carotenoids (e.g. alpha and beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein) and it appears they are most effective when several types are consumed together. Only 9% of Americans eat a minimum level of the fruits and vegetables in the daily diet that would provide the basic level of carotenoids needed.
- red bell peppers
When supplementing, look for products with:
- whole food ingredients
- a lipid-soluble base
- naturally occurring in the human food chain
See also Flavonoids and Cruciferous
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*This statement has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.