Carotenoid Supplements and Consumption: Implications for Healthy Aging

Karin Linnewiel-Hermoni, Esther Paran, Talya Wolak

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Abstract

Several hundred carotenoids have been characterized in nature, only 40 are present in a human diet, while about 20 have been identified in human blood and tissues. The main sources of carotenoids in human plasma are yellow-orange-red fruits and green leafy vegetables. The carotenoids are classified into those with provitamin A activity and those with no role in the formation of vitamin A. They function as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. The current chapter summarizes the current knowledge regarding carotenoids and several of these age-related conditions. It reviews the relationships between carotenoid consumption and cardiovascular risk factors, early atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular disease and the cellular mechanisms that play a role in the attenuation of skin aging and cancer development.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Basis of Nutrition and Aging
Subtitle of host publicationA Volume in the Molecular Nutrition Series
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Pages473-489
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9780128018279
ISBN (Print)9780128018163
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Cancer protection
  • Cardiovascular
  • Carotenoid
  • Skin aging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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