The carotenoid beta-carotene enhances facial color, attractiveness and perceived health, but not actual health, in humans

@article{Foo2017TheCB,
  title={The carotenoid beta-carotene enhances facial color, attractiveness and perceived health, but not actual health, in humans},
  author={Y. Foo and G. Rhodes and L. Simmons},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology},
  year={2017},
  volume={28},
  pages={570–578}
}
Lay Summary Carotenoid-based skin color influences attractiveness in human males, but may not signal health. Carotenoid-based coloration is argued to signal health because carotenoids also function as antioxidants. We tested the effect of dietary supplementation of the carotenoid beta-carotene on facial appearance and health in men. Beta-carotene increased skin yellowness and redness to increase attractiveness but did not affect 3 measures of health: oxidative stress, innate immunity, or semen… Expand
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