carotenoid

noun
ca·​rot·​en·​oid | \ kə-ˈrä-tə-ˌnȯid \
variants: or less commonly carotinoid

Definition of carotenoid

: any of various usually yellow to red pigments (such as carotenes) found widely in plants and animals and characterized chemically by a long aliphatic polyene chain composed of eight isoprene units

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Promote eye, skin, and bone health: Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phytosterols reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Avocado Every Single Day," 26 Sep. 2018 Two carotenoids found in eggs, lutein and zeaxanthin, play a role in maintaining eye health, and research shows that lutein may impact cognition in both children and adults. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Why Eggs Are One of the Best Things You Can Eat," 1 Mar. 2018 Research shows that optimal amounts of this and other carotenoids helps protect the skin from sun damage while another study found that eating carotenoid-rich foods gives your skin a healthy-looking glow, minus the skin-wrecking tan. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "10 seriously filling salads you'll want to eat all summer," 6 June 2017 Spinach: Dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, leaf lettuce, mustard greens, collard greens, chicory and Swiss chard have fiber, folate and carotenoids, which have antioxidants. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Want to reduce your odds of getting cancer? Stay active, lose weight and eat healthy," 25 May 2018 Corn happens to be an excellent source of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which research finds are critical to maintaining eye health. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "10 seriously filling salads you'll want to eat all summer," 6 June 2017 These antioxidants, also known as carotenoids, help to fight off oxidative stress in your body and may protect against chronic disease. Alex Van Buren, Health.com, "Why Basil Is So Good for You—Plus 14 Ways to Use More of It All Summer Long," 14 May 2018 For instance, orange sweet potatoes have the highest levels of beta-carotene, a carotenoid with antioxidant activity. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Sweet Potatoes Are Officially One of the Best Carbs You Can Eat," 5 Mar. 2018 Promote eye, skin, and bone health: Phytochemicals like carotenoids and phytosterols reduce oxidative and inflammatory stress. Caroline Walder, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Eat Avocado Every Single Day," 26 Feb. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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carotenoid

noun
ca·​rot·​en·​oid
variants: also carotinoid \ kə-​ˈrät-​ᵊn-​ˌȯid \

Medical Definition of carotenoid

: any of various usually yellow to red pigments (as carotenes) found widely in plants and animals and characterized chemically by a long aliphatic polyene chain composed of eight isoprene units

Other Words from carotenoid

carotenoid adjective

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