Over 600 carotenoids have been identified to date, of which 40 are thought to play an important role. Our fruit and vegetable consumption is only a fraction, both in terms of quantity and variety, of that necessary to ensure an optimal intake of carotenes, lycopene and xanthophylls (including lutein and zeaxanthin). The importance of beta carotene has been recognized for some time, but it is now believed that we should supplement with the natural form only, and ensure its action is balanced by that of alpha carotene. Lycopene is the most abundant carotenoid in human serum and is particularly effective against the singlet oxygen free radical. Lutein and zeaxanthin protect the macular region of the eye from degeneration and reduce the incidence of cataract by 22%. Astaxanthin (found in prawns and other crustaceans) is a very powerful antioxidant which improves immune function and protects against certain cancers.
In fact, different body organs store different carotenoids according to their specific needs, and it appears that an excess of one, can reduce the concentration of other beneficial carotenoids, thereby producing the opposite effect of that sought through supplementation ! Carotenoids are more effective taken in combination, when they act synergistically as in Nature.
The various carotenoids each have their own solubility characteristics and specific antioxidant activity. It therefore makes sense to supplement all the major carotenoids simulatenously.
Carottol™ is an exceptionally complete and synergistic combination of the most health-beneficial, natural carotenoids, supplied at physiological doses for rapid delivery. It is a wide spectrum formulation that provides the same ratio of natural carotenoids as an excellent diet.
Alternative spelling/keywords: caroten, beta caroten, carotenes
Take 1 or 2 capsules at mealtimes.