Category Archives: Carotenoids

Peppers (Capsicum annuum): Anxiolytic and Antidepressant?

Peppers (Capsicum annuum; also commonly called capsicum) are a group of plants belonging to the Solanaceae family that include bell peppers, jalapeños, and cayenne peppers. They grow in a number of regions of the Word but are thought to be … Continue reading

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Are Carotenoids Protective of Depression?

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Lutein Protects From Cataracts: More Evidence

Lutein is a phytochemical belonging to the carotenoid group. In particular, lutein is classified as a xanthophyll, and is closely related to other dietary xanthophylls including cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and astaxanthin. Lutein is present in green leafy vegetables and egg yolks … Continue reading

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Cataract Protection: Xanthophylls

Xanthophylls are a group of oxidised carotenoids that may play a role in human health. Xanthophylls are found in wide variety of plant foods such as green leafy vegetables, and can also be found in the tissues of animals that … Continue reading

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Prevention of Cataracts: Lutein

Free radicals are chemicals that are able to oxidise cells and tissues. This oxidation process leads to tissue damage and can often create chain reactions that cause further damage to cellular components. Antioxidants have been shown to be beneficial to … Continue reading

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Lipid Peroxidation and Depression

Lipid peroxidation is a process by which oxygen is able to cause damage to the fatty acids in cell membranes through the generation of free radicals. This damage can alter the membrane characteristics and lead to dysfunctional cells that can … Continue reading

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Top 3 Nutrients for Sun Protection

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Antioxidants in Spirulina

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Tomato Sauce: Prostate Cancer Protection

Carotenoids, and their oxidised metabolites xanthophylls, are a heterogenous group of phytonutrients responsible for many of the orange, yellow and red colours found in plants. Examples of carotenoids include β-carotene and α-carotene in carrots and lycopene in tomatoes. Carotenoids are … Continue reading

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Lutein Intake: Another Marker of Health?

Lutein is a xanthophyll found in high concentrations in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale. Xanthophylls are oxidised carotenoids, and like carotenoids, they may have antioxidant effects in animals. Carotenoids and xanthophylls are found mainly in foods … Continue reading

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