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Carotenoids

Research: Eggs are a great source of protein, minerals and carotenoids

Posted February 20, 2014

The second half of the 20th century was not kind to eggs. The 1950s in particular were a time when eggs were demonized due to their high fat content, which pioneering nutritionists — notably Ancel Keys, developer of the notorious “lipid hypothesis” — believed would raise cholesterol and contribute toward coronary heart disease. Today, however, we understand that fatty whole foods like eggs are an essential component of a healthy diet, particularly when they come from sustainable, organic sources. In fact, eggs have been a staple breakfast for people in many cultures for centuries.

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Is This “Miracle” Antioxidant Really 10x More Powerful Than Any Other?

Posted December 5, 2013

There’s a new kid on the block in the world of natural nutrients that promote optimal health and have a significant impact in preventing chronic disease development. In case you haven’t heard of it yet, Astaxanthin is a red-orange carotenoid pigment derived from microalgae, fish and crustaceans that can prevent and even treat conditions that progress from the negative effects of oxidative stress and antioxidant deterioration.

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Sofrito Contains Substances That Reduce Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Posted November 18, 2013

The combination of tomato, olive oil, garlic and onion in a sofrito increases the amount of polyphenols and carotenoids. These bioactive compounds respectively help to prevent cardiovascular diseases and cancer. This is contained in a study carried out by the University of Barcelona and the CIBERobn network, Spain, which confirms sofrito as an essential part of the Mediterranean diet.

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Biological properties of carotenoids extracted from Halobacterium halobium isolated from a Tunisian solar saltern

Posted October 4, 2013

Bioactive molecules have received increasing attention due to their nutraceutical attributes and anticancer, antioxidant, antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing properties. This study aimed to investigate the biological properties of carotenoids extracted from Archaea.

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Carotenoids from Fruits and Vegetables May Help Prevent ALS

Posted July 27, 2013

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, is a devastating degenerative illness that incapacitates its victims in a manner similar to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. At present, there is no known cure or effective treatment for the illness, believed to be the result of oxidative stress caused by decades of poor diet, stress, environmental toxins and poor physical conditioning. Researchers have now discovered that increased consumption of foods containing colorful carotenoids, particularly beta-carotene and lutein, may prevent or delay the onset of ALS.

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Latest Insights Presented on Dietary Macular Carotenoids and Eye Health

Posted June 7, 2013

Numerous studies and clinical trials provide evidence of the vital role of lutein and zeaxanthin in eye health. Deposited in the macula and lens, these dietary carotenoids act as “internal sunglasses” protecting the eye against light-induced oxidative damage.

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Gac fruit relies on carotenoid content as its superfruit calling card

Posted April 9, 2013

Most superfruits, packed with polyphenols and bristling with antioxidant power, seek to beat blueberries at their own game. But there is a new player in the market, one that takes a different line of attack. Gac fruit, a spiky orb borne by an Asian vine, waves a flag that’s red, not purple, and is armed with carotenoids, not anthocyanins.

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A red revolution: As the science grows for lycopene, will the market follow?

Posted March 18, 2013

Lycopene has a growing reputation among the carotenoids, but have we started to see a red revolution in the market? In this special edition article, NutrIngredients asks where the science and the market data stand on the tomato compound.

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Eat your veggies! Carotenoids reduce fracture risk

Posted December 26, 2012

With all the talk about the bone thinning condition osteoporosis almost always aimed at women, you may not be aware that thin men have a strong risk for hip fractures as they age. But a new study shows there may be a way to modify that risk. No, the answer isn’t taking Big Pharma’s side effect loaded drugs. Instead, the key is to eat more veggies loaded with carotenoids. These natural phytochemicals found in numerous fruits and vegetables (including carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, collard greens, papaya, bell peppers, and tomatoes).

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Hip Fracture Risk In Lean Men Reduced By Carotenoids

Posted December 21, 2012

Speaking at the IOF Regionals Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, researchers from the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Ministry of Health, announced a study which links carotenoids to decreased hip fracture risk in elderly, lean Chinese men. Elderly who are lean (BMI <20 kg/m2) are at higher risk of hip fracture compared to those with higher BMI.

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