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Carotenoids are organic plant pigments that provide the colour in some of our fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and carrots. They also provide us with many health benefits including strong antioxidants which destroy free radicals aka cell damagers within the body.
Unlike most other plant foods that are best consumed raw for optimal nutrition, carotenoid rich foods are best served cooked for maximum benefits alongside good fat for best absorption. There are over 600 types of carotenoids.
They have strong cancer fighting properties, especially prostate cancer (lycopene) and are a known anti inflammatory and immune system builder.
Lutein is a carotenoid that has known benefits for the eyes and also in eliminating cholesterol. Studies show beta-cryptoxanthin can prevent lung cancer by astonishing percentages as high as 24% Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention). As well it has been found that it can decrease the risk of rheumatoid arthritis because of it's antioxidant properties- so even drinking orange juice can help avoid arthritis!