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What makes tomatoes red, carrots orange and mangoes yellow? Carotenoids, of course, those special plant compounds that give many fruits and veggies their vibrant hues and also offer a host of health benefits for humans.
Chiefly, carotenoids act as potent antioxidants, scavenging the nefarious free radicals that accelerate the aging process and contribute to heart disease, neurological disorders, certain cancers, macular degeneration and other inflammatory diseases. Because humans don’t synthesize carotenoids on our own, we’ve got to consume them.
Learn about the case for carotenoid supplements in this mini guide.