Posted on Jul 14, 2016, 6 a.m.
Carotenoids may lower lipid and oxidative stress markers, among middle-aged men.
Lending fruits and vegetables their bright orange, red, and yellow colors, carotenoids are abundant in antioxidants, for which previous studies have associated a lower risk of premature death. P. G. Cocate, from the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Brazil), and colleagues assessed 296 healthy middle-aged man, average age 50.5 years and with body mass index (BMI) of 25.8 kg/m2. The team tracked each participant’s carotenoid intake (including b-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, lutein plus zeanthin, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene). Data analysis revealed that total carotenoid intake was inversely associated with lipid and oxidative stress markers, and the study authors note that:"in middle-aged men … [beta]-carotene was negatively associated with five of the six lipid and oxidative stress markers.”
P. G. Cocate, A. J. Natali, R. C. G. Alfenas, A. de Oliveira, E. C. dos Santos, H. H. M. Hermsdorff. “Carotenoid consumption is related to lower lipid oxidation and DNA damage in middle-aged men.” British J Nutrition, 15 June 2015.