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Symposium conclusions: biological actions of carotenoids.

Authors
  • Bendich, A
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of nutrition
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1989
Volume
119
Issue
1
Pages
135–136
Identifiers
PMID: 2643697
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The symposium on the biological action of carotenoids highlighted the antioxidant and singlet oxygen quenching properties of beta-carotene and other carotenoids of similar structure but lacking provitamin A activity. The provitamin A functions of beta-carotene were also discussed. The immuno-enhancing and anticarcinogenic actions of the carotenoids could be associated with functions unrelated to their ability to form vitamin A. Thus, the symposium emphasized the expansion of the role of beta-carotene beyond its classic nutritional function and has examined the importance of other dietary carotenoids.

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