Carotenoids and chronic diseases.

  title={Carotenoids and chronic diseases.},
  author={Sanjiv K. Agarwal and A. Venketeshwer Rao},
  journal={Drug metabolism and drug interactions},
  volume={17 1-4},
Chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases are the major causes of deaths in North America. Dietary intake of fruits and vegetables has been suggested to have protective effects against such chronic diseases. Carotenoids are important plant pigments which are thought to contribute towards the beneficial effects of fruit and vegetable consumption. This review focuses on the role of carotenoids and particularly lycopene in chronic diseases. 

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