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Carotenoid herbs and their properties



Between 50 and 60% of cancer patients in the United States have used or are still using phytochemicals and active constituents derived from plants as part of complementary and alternative medicinal treatments [4], Carotenoids are among those natural phytochemicals used by those cancer patients. But what are carotenoids?

WHAT ARE CAROTENOIDS? Carotenoids are organic pigments naturally occurring in plants and photosynthetic organisms as algae, known to exert several positive biological effects [3], and in charge of the blue light absorption in plants and vegetables [1]. Until know we have been able to identify about 600 carotenoids identified in nature and they are divided in two main groups, the xanthophylls, containing oxygen and the carotenes, hydrocarbons that do not contain oxygen [1].

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Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Solanum

Common name: Tomato