Category Archives: Xanthophylls

Neuroprotection From Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is a phytochemical that belongs to the xanthophyll category of carotenoids. Xanthophylls are biological antioxidants and are able to cross the blood brain barrier of mammals. Evidence suggests that astaxanthin is neuroprotective. For example, in animal models of depression, … Continue reading

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Astaxanthin: Anxiolytic Carotenoid

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid that belongs to the sub-group the xanthophylls. Astaxanthin is a pigment with a red colour that is produced by algae and accumulates in animals that consume this algae. Evidence suggests that astaxanthin is bioavailable in humans, … Continue reading

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Cryptoxanthin and Zeathanthin Mood Enhancing Xanthophyll Antioxidants

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Carotenoid Rich Foods for Skin Protection

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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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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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Carotenoids and Xanthophylls

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How To Enhance Carotenoid Absorption

Carotenoids are phytochemicals found in high concentrations in photosynthetic organisms. Here the role of carotenoids is to aid photosynthesis by acting as light harvesting elements during time of low light exposure. In addition, carotenoids may act as antioxidants through the … Continue reading

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