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Carotenoid Bioavailability


Dietary Fat Increases Absorption of Carotenoids

"To optimize carotenoid absorption, dietary fat must be consumed at the same time." - Boilerau et al 1999

▲ High Bioavailability ▲
Food TypesSpecific Foods
Vitamin pills, CapsulesBeta-Carotene, Carotenoids
FruitsPapaya, Peach, Melon
TubersSquash, Yam, Sweet Potato
Processed juice with fat containing mealTomato Juice
Mildly cooked vegetablesCarrots Peppers
Raw juice without fatTomato
Raw yellow/orange vegetablesCarrots, Peppers
Raw green leafy vegetablesSpinach
▼ Low Bioavailability ▼

Source: Boilerau, et al 1999

Carotenoid Research

Skin – Supplementation with dietary products containing carotenoids can protect the skin against reactive oxygen species and could avoid premature skin aging, and disease. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics. 2012 Dec 12. PMID: 23246796

Eyesight – Carotenoids potentially offered visual performance enhancement. Investigative Ophthalmology Visual Sciences Journal. 2012 Nov 29. PMID: 23132800


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