Category Archives: Carotenoids

Microalgae As A Source of Carotenoids

Microalgae are an important source of nutrients. Certain microalgae are commercially available and studies suggest they may possess health benefits when taken as a supplement. Commercially relevant microalgae are the green algae (Chlorophycea) Chlorella vulgaris, Haematococcus pluvialis, Dunaliella salina and … Continue reading

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Enrichment of Eggs With Lycopene

Eggs are a nutrient rich food that provides a broad spectrum of essential nutrients. This should be no surprise as eggs contain all the nutrients to grow a young chick. Although eggs are generally regarded as a healthy food, the … Continue reading

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Are Tomatoes Protective Of Mood Disorders

Tomatoes are a rich source of nutrients including phytochemical antioxidants. In particular, tomatoes are known to contain carotenoids, the most abundant being the red pigment lycopene. Lycopene has a number of health effects and this may relate to the fact … Continue reading

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Chlorella as a Source of Lutein

Chlorella species is a group of freshwater microalgae that photosynthesise in a similar way to plants. Like plants chlorella produce a number of phytochemicals that are accessory pigments to photosynthetic chlorophyll, including the carotenoid lutein. Lutein is the most abundant … Continue reading

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Degradation of Carotenes in Tea Leaves

Tea leaves contains a number of phytochemicals that are degraded during the fermentation step to produce black tea. It has been suggested that these degradation products contribute significantly to the aroma and taste of black tea. A number of studies … Continue reading

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Carotenoids in Black Tea

Carotenoids are antioxidant pigments found in plants. Like many plants the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) is a good source of carotenoids, and there is evidence that they are bioavailable from brewed green and white tea. Once consumed, the carotenoids pass … Continue reading

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Carotenoids In Tea: Beneficial Mood Effects

Evidence suggests that tea is a healthy drink. Tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant through decoction of the dried leaves in hot water. This process passes many of the phytochemicals from the leaves into the water, and many … Continue reading

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The Lycopene Content of Eggs

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Carotenoids in Tea

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Carotenoids and Anxiety

Antioxidants are thought to be protective of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. The reason for this may relate to the fact that inflammation is a leading causative agent in the development of mood disorders and the detrimental effects of … Continue reading

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