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.
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