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8 INSIDER September/October 2018 What makes tomatoes red and carrots orange? The answer is a family of naturally occurring phytonutrients called carotenoids. And they're not just pretty to look at. Carotenoids possess signifi cant antioxidant powers that have been shown to support the body in a number of ways—including cognition, eye health, cardiovascular wellness and skin care. "Overall, the nutritional approach—from diet or supplementation— allows the platform to affect many processes on a molecular level," explained Karin Hermoni, Ph.D., head of science and nutrition at Lycored. "Carotenoids may help enhance and support the natural resilience of cells to cope with many different exogenous and endogenous challenges." That can help lower levels of infl ammation in the body, in turn reducing the risk for chronic health problems and improving overall well-being. Here's a closer look at how this class of compounds can benefi t consumers of all ages, why carotenoid supplements may be preferable to Supplements: Carotenoids Carotenoids are phytonutrients that possess potent antioxidant properties to benefit health. Carotenoids are most known for their benefits to eyes, but they support the brain, skin and heart, as well. Humans need around 10 mg/d of lutein to reap eye benefits, but consumption of lutein falls short. The Myriad Health Benefits of Carotenoid Supplementation by Marygrace Taylor INSIDER's Take food sources alone, and how manufacturers are solving inherent formulation challenges to develop more powerful products. Who Needs Carotenoids? Some of carotenoids' most noteworthy benefi ts may be especially helpful for older adults. "With aging global populations, there is an ever-increasing need for brain and eye support," said Kristen Marshall, marketing coordinator at Verdure Sciences. With age, the risk for problems like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cognitive decline increases. But bigger factors are at play, too. "The older an individual gets, the more he or she needs a wholesome diet with optimal supplemental nutrition," explained Annie Eng, CEO of HP Ingredients. "The body systems slow down and require what may be known to help preserve more youthful function and structure." Carotenoids aren't just for the senior set, though. With regard to eye health in particular, these antioxidants can be critical for consumers of all ages. Carotenoids such as lutein and zeaxanthin absorb harmful blue light from ultraviolet (UV) radiation and electronic devices, and can help promote optimal vision performance throughout life. "Because everyone is exposed to blue light from LED lights or digital devices as well as from sunlight, all ages can benefi t from increasing macular pigment optical density with lutein and RR-zeaxanthin," said Ceci Snyder, R.D., global vision products manager at Kemin. Exposure to stressors like pollution, UV light and even hormones like cortisol can also deplete the body's stores of carotenoids, Hermoni said. With that in mind, "practically everyone at any age can benefi t from nourishing their bodies and providing an extra boost to their natural resilience and natural protection mechanisms through carotenoid supplementation," she said. "Investing in our own maintenance platforms and elevating our antioxidant status is a lifelong journey." How Carotenoids Help: A Closer Look These small-but-mighty compounds have been found to support several important health issues that affect consumers of all ages. Cognitive Function A growing body of research supports carotenoids as an important nutrient for cognitive function throughout adulthood. Chief among these carotenoids are lutein and zeaxanthin. Three recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials called out the benefi ts of Kemin's FloraGLO ® Lutein and

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