Beta Cryptoxanthin

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Beta cryptoxanthin is a red-orange phytonutrient with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. As a provitamin A carotenoid, beta cryptoxanthin can be converted by the body to retinol (vitamin A).

Recent studies show that carotenoids from food, including beta cryptoxanthin, may help to protect against lung cancer.

Research also suggests this phytonutrient may help to protect against inflammatory disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Like its other carotenoid cousins, beta-cryptoxanthin is lipid soluble and best used by the body when it is cooked and eaten with a small amount of healthy fat. Research shows as little as 3-5 g of fat in a meal helps to ensure carotenoid absorption.


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