Beta cryptoxanthin Benefits and Food Sources


Beta-cryptoxanthin belongs to the class of carotenoids, specifically xanthophylls. In the human body, Beta-cryptoxanthin is converted to vitamin A (retinol) in human body and is considered to be a pro-vitamin A. It is a common carotenoid which is found in fruit, human blood and tissues. Foods with high content of beta-cryptoxanthin include persimmons, tangerines and oranges. It has assorted functions which are crucial for human health including roles in antioxidant defense as well as cell-to-cell communication. Beta-cryptoxanthin is a precursor of Vitamin A which is a crucial nutrient required for eyesight, development, growth and immune response. It acts as an antioxidant which helps to lower the chances of degenerative diseases and cancers. Foods rich in β-cryptoxanthin have anabolic effect on bone and delay the onset of osteoporosis. Being a strong antioxidant, it prevents damage of free radicals to cells and DNA. It also lowers the chances of colon cancer and lung cancer.


Food Sources

Food name Weight (g) Beta cryptoxanthin (µg)
Butternut squash 205 6388
Japanese persimmon 168 2431
Tangerines 189 1465
Papayas 145 854
Rose Hips 127 613
Orange juice 249 369
Cucumber pickles 160 298
Carrots 146 291
Peaches 244 266
Plums 252 257
Yellow corn 165 246
Oranges 185 215
Apricots 155 161
Paprika 2.3 142
Nectarines 143 140
Watermelon 154 120
Passion-fruit juice 247 116
Jalapeno peppers 90 94
Dandelion green 105 86
Avocados 230 83




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