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Carotenoids crucial to fight health problems

By Rod Addy , 01-Apr-2011
Last updated on 11-Apr-2011 at 15:44 GMT

Foods fortified by, and rich in, carotenoids, should be a vital part of the diet to offset Vitamin A deficiency, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other complaints.

That was a key theme of the conference 'New Developments in Carotenoid Research' at Tufts University, Boston in the US in March, supported by DSM.

Speakers argued that preformed Vitamin A intake from animal products was insufficient in regions such as Europe, the US and Asia.

Delegates also heard that suboptimal levels of Vitamin A and beta-carotene, well above those causing clinical deficiency syndromes, could contribute to chronic diseases. Appropriate beta-carotene intake in diets, fortified foods and supplements could safely compensate for this.

Studies presented at the event showed foods rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, including egg yolks, could help fight AMD and strengthen bones and muscles.

Ingredients giant DSM is also supporting 'Macular Carotenoids and AMD' at Downing College, Cambridge University, on July 1215 and the 16th International Symposium on Carotenoids, July 1722, at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

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