6 CAROTENOIDS 

 endorsed by Professor Khachik 

Spinach

Lutein

One of 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids. Lutein, a pigment ranging from yellow to orange, is naturally abundant in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale and yellow carrots. 

Carrots

β-carotene

They are the Provitamin A carotenoids. These carotenoids convert to vitamin A, which is needed by the body and are therefore widely studied. Prior to conversion, carotene has a strong antioxidant effect. 

Cherry Tomatos

Lycopene

Lycopene is a naturally occuring red carotenoid pigment that is responsible in red to pink colors seen in fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit, red carrots, papayas etc. 

Clementine

β-cryptoxanthin

A carotenoid found in fruits and vegetables such as tangerines, red peppers, and pumpkin. It has several functions important for human health. It is an ingredient that is attracting a lot of attention for its benefits.

Seasonal Pumpkins

α-carotene

They are the Provitamin A carotenoids. These carotenoids convert to vitamin A, which is needed by the body and are therefore widely studied. Prior to conversion, carotene has a strong antioxidant effect. 

Image by Annie Spratt

Zeaxanthin

Zeaxanthin is an orange-yellow colour pigment which is similar in nature to Lutein. It can be found in papaya, corn and wolfberries and is also abundant in green tea, egg yolk and animal fat and liver. Metabolised lutein converts to zeaxanthin.