Did you know that carotenoids are a family of more than 600 pigments found in nature?

Carotenoids are pigments with a yellow to red range found in many plants and animals in nature. They provide color for many usual foods like egg yolks, citrus fruits, tomatoes, green leaves, and even flowers. Carotenoids also occur in crustaceans, certain fish species, feathers, and insects.

Our body cannot produce carotenoids, so they must be obtained with food. They are natural coloring, antioxidant, and stabilizing agents. Foods that contain carotenoids retain their appearance for long periods and withstand the action of direct sunlight.

Carotenoids are also known for their health benefits

Some of them are precursors or provitamin A, safe sources for vitamin A since they convert into retinol, retinoic acid, or retinyl palmitate only when body stores are low. It naturally limits further increases in storage levels. A very promising aspect of carotenoids is their ability in the human skin to prevent damage caused by free radicals. There is much epidemiological evidence that carotenoids may help in the prevention of certain types of skin cancer.

Apocarotenal is a carotenoid with orange-to-orange-red color found in many fruits and vegetables (citruses, spinach, etc) that is used in foods, drugs, personal care applications, and decorative cosmetics as a safe colorant or pigment.

Astaxanthin is a carotenoid with a pink-red color, a powerful natural antioxidant found in aquatic animals like fish, krill, and shrimps. This carotenoid is responsible for red pigmentation and has biological and nutritional functions.

This carotenoid is found primarily in carrots and is used to give personal care products a yellow to orange-red color. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A.

Canthaxanthin is a red-pigmenting carotenoid found in the Chanterelle mushroom, in the skin pigment of certain crustaceans, and in the skin and organs of many birds and fish.

Hydrolyzed Tomato Skin is a liquid water-soluble ingredient that contains a carotenoid lycopene. This biotechnological ingredient is derived from natural and renewable raw material a by-product from the food industry.

Lutein is one of the carotenoids, an anti-aging ingredient, powerful free-radicle quenching antioxidant found in plants, fruits, and leafy green vegetables. Lutein stimulates the skin’s renewal process; helps fight the damaging effects of sunlight, pollution, stress, and aging.
Lycopene G is carotenoid derived from fruits and vegetables. It has antioxidant ability to defend skin from UV radiation and damage.