Beta-carotene and other carotenoids as antioxidants.

  title={Beta-carotene and other carotenoids as antioxidants.},
  author={Sergio A. R. Paiva and Robert Russell},
  journal={Journal of the American College of Nutrition},
  volume={18 5},
Carotenoids are natural pigments which are synthesized by plants and are responsible for the bright colors of various fruits and vegetables. There are several dozen carotenoids in the foods that we eat, and most of these carotenoids have antioxidant activity. Beta-carotene has been best studied since, in most countries it is the most common carotenoid in fruits and vegetables. However, in the U.S., lycopene from tomatoes now is consumed in approximately the same amount as beta-carotene… CONTINUE READING
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