Carotenoids: Food Sources, Production and Health Benefits


Series: Nutrition and Diet Research Progress, Biochemistry Research Trends
BISAC: HEA017000

Carotenoids are the most widespread pigments in nature. One or more carotenoids in combination gives rise to colors ranging from yellow to red in birds, fish, crustaceans, microorganisms, fruits and plants, including the dark green ones. There are over 600 known carotenoids and they are divided into two classes: xanthophylls, which contain oxygen; and carotenes, which are purely hydrocarbons and contain no oxygen. Carotenoids have many health benefits including antioxidant properties, free-radical scavengers, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, anti-inflammatory properties, osteoporosis prevention and other diseases. The 15 chapters in this book have been written to outline recent topical research. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Carotenoids as Bioactive Compounds
(Aline Inácio Alves, Afonso Mota Ramos, Paulo César Stringheta and Ellen Silva Lago Vanzela, Universidade Federal de Viçosa – UFV, Peter Henry Rolfs, s/n, Campus Universitário, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and others)
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Chapter 2 – Food Sources: Production and Health Benefits of Carotenoids
(Lucia Maria Jaeger de Carvalho, Lara de Azevedo Sarmet Moreira Smiderle, Ediane Maria Gomes Ribeiro, Gisela Dellamora Ortiz, Patrícia Barros Gomes and José Luiz Viana de Carvalho, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ilha do Fundão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 3 – Carotenoids with κ-End Group
(Enrique Murillo, Veronika Nagy, Attila Agócs and József Deli, University of Panamá, Biochemistry and Nutrition Laboratory, Panama, and others)

Chapter 4 – Development of a Method to Induce ROS Resistant High-Yielding Mutant Lines of Sugar Cane, Saccharum officinarum cv NiF8 and NiTn18
(Kohji Hasunuma, Yusuke Yoshida, Md Emdadul Haque, Yosuke Fukamatsu, Yoshifumi Terajima and Makoto Matsuoka, Kihara Institute for Biological Research, Yokohama City University, Kanagawa, Japan, and others)

Chapter 5 – Molecular Base for Carotenoids Antioxidant Activity in Model and Biological Systems: The Health-Related Effects
(Dragan Cvetkovic, Leszek Fiedor, Joanna Fiedor, Anna Wisniewska-Becker and Dejan Markovic, Faculty of Technology, University of Nish, Leskovac, Serbia, and others)

Chapter 6 – Carotenoids in Herbal Medicines
(Mamta Kshipra Misra, Kshipra Misra, Satinder Kaur Brar and Mausam Verma, Defence Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi, India, and others)

Chapter 7 – Microalgae: A Valuable Source of Natural Carotenoids with Potential Health Benefits
(Faruq Ahmed, Kent Fanning, Holger Schuhmann, Michael Netzel and Peer Schenk, School of Agriculture and Food Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, Australia, and others)

Chapter 8 – Sodium Taurocholate Optimum Amount of Blood Parrots on Astaxanthin Availability
(Xidong Mu, Huiyun Yang, Yinchang Hu and Jianren Luo, Pearl River Fisheries Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Key Laboratory of Tropical & Subtropical Fishery Resource Application & Cultivation, Ministry of Agriculture, Guangzhou, China)

Chapter 9 – Carotenoid-Based Ornaments as Signals of Health Status in Birds: Evidences from Two Galliform Species, the Red-Legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa) and the Red Grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus)
(Lorenzo Pérez-Rodríguez, Jesús Martínez-Padilla and François Mougeot, CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Vairão, Portugal and others)

Chapter 10 – Dietary Carotenoid Pigments and Human Health Benefits
(Hasna El Gharras, Laboratoire de Chimie Organique et Analytique. Unité de Chimie Agroalimentaire, Université Sultan Moulay Slimane, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Béni-Mellal, Morocco)

Chapter 11 – Health Benefits of Carotenoids for Human Skin
(Maxim E. Darvin and Juergen Lademann, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Department of Dermatology, Venerology and Allergology, Center of Experimental and Applied Cutaneous Physiology (CCP), Berlin, Germany)

Chapter 12 – Nanoparticles of Chitin Nanofibril-Hyaluronan Block Polymer Entrapping Lutein as UVA Protective Compound
(P. Morganti, H.D. Chen, X.H. Gao, P. Del Ciotto, F. Carezzi and G. Morganti, Dermatology Depart, 2nd University of Naples, Italy, and others)

Chapter 13 – Bixin and Norbixin: Chemistry, Production and Health Benefits
(Miguel Roehrs and Rafael Roehrs, Post-graduate Program of Pharmacology, Center of Healthy Sciences, Santa Maria, Brazil, Clinical Laboratory, University Hospital of Santa Maria, Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 14 – Biology of Carotenoids and their Potential Cardiovascular Health Benefits
(Assunta Pandolfi, Department of Experimental and Clinical Sciences, “G. d’Annunzio” University, Italy and others)

Chapter 15 – Effects of Carotenoids on Mammalian DNA Polymerase Inhibition and Anti-Inflammatory Activity
(Yoshiyuki Mizushina, Isoko Kuriyama, Toshifumi Takeuchi, Fumio Sugawara and Hiromi Yoshida, Laboratory of Food & Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Nutrition, Kobe Gakuin University, Nishi-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan, and others)

Chapter 16 – Dietary β-Cryptoxanthin Stimulates Osteogenesis: Role in Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
(Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA)


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