Human health and carotenoids

Benefits of carotenoids for human health Carotenoids belong to the category of bioactive compounds taken up with diet, that is, molecules able to provide protection against many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and macular degeneration. They are also important for the proper functioning of the immune system. Among the mechanisms that seem to be […]

Carotenoids: definition, structure and classification

Contents in brief: What are carotenoids? Chemical structure of carotenoids Classification of carotenoids Apocarotenoids References What are carotenoids? Carotenoids are soluble-fat pigments found throughout nature. Carotenoids were discovered during the 19th century. In 1831 Wachen proposed the term “carotene” for a pigment crystallized from carrot roots. Berzelius called the more polar yellow pigments extracted from […]

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