What are carotenoids?
They make your carrots orange, but what is the benefit to your health? Why do we include carotenoids in Papillex? Does the form matter?
Find all the answers to these questions…and more!
What Are Carotenoids?
Carotenoids, are a group of compounds that include lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene. They are organic pigments that are naturally found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, such as carrots (as the name would suggest), tomatoes, and dark leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale.
How Carotenoids Can Help
These compounds act as antioxidants and have shown to protect DNA from oxidative damage. The development of cancer in the human body is a multi-step and complex process, but protecting DNA from damage and mutation is important in preventing cancerous changes from occurring.
This is one of the reasons that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is linked to a decreased risk of developing a variety of diseases.
Carotenoids also help regulate immune function, and higher circulating levels of carotenoids were associated with a significant decrease in the clearance time of specific types of HPV infections, particularly during the early stages of infection (120 days and under).
Mixed Natural Carotenoids vs. Synthetic Beta-Carotene for HPV
Our bodies depend largely on vitamins and minerals, and the richest source of them come from fruit, vegetables, and grains. Some nutritional supplements get their vitamins and minerals from whole food sources while others are made in laboratories and are termed synthetic.
Synthetic forms of vitamins are produced similarly to pharmaceutical medications. These are isolates of vitamins, lacking the complexity of the whole plant found in nature.
Supplements made from whole food concentrates contain the entire vitamin complex and are the best source of vitamins and minerals. They contain all of the cofactors that are required for healthy and optimal absorption and digestion.
These days, a large portion of the vitamins and minerals found as health food supplements are made synthetically, often lacking the accessory compounds required for absorption. A common example is beta-carotene, a powerful anti-oxidant that has been shown to protect DNA from oxidative damage and is a key ingredient in Papillex.
Beta-carotene is found naturally as a mixed carotenoid, complexed with other carotenoids including alpha-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin.
Carotenoids are natural fat-soluble pigments, the part that makes a carrot orange, found in fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in carotenoids have been correlated with lower disease risk. This includes plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables including carrots, tomatoes, and dark leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale!
These nutrients are potent anti-oxidants; which help to protect your cells from oxidative damage, and overtime may lead to potentially cancer-causing mutations.
A Closer Look At Lycopene
In humans, lycopene is found in the liver, adrenal glands, lungs, prostate, colon, and skin at concentrations higher than all other carotenoids.
Lycopene has been found to possess antioxidant and anticancer properties in animal and in vitro studies. Furthermore, much epidemiological research has linked high intake of lycopene-containing foods or high lycopene serum (blood) levels with reduced incidence of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration (think: Mediterranean diet). It has also been found to help protect skin against sunlight-induced oxidative damage.
Lycopene is found most abundantly in tomatoes, which gives it the red pigment, but it is also present in watermelon, apricots, green peppers, carrots, rose hips, pink grapefruit, and papillex, to name a few.
In addition to containing carotenoids, these fruits and vegetables also contain other health promoting nutrients such as folate, potassium and vitamin C. Another reason to increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Remember to aim for 7-10 servings a day (1 serving = ½ cup)!
How Carotenoids Can Help Against Cancer
The development of cancer in the human body is a multi-step and complex process, but protecting DNA from damage and mutation is important in preventing cancerous changes from occurring. This is one of the reasons that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is linked to a decreased risk of developing a variety of diseases.
In a supplement form, it is almost exclusively sold as an isolated synthetic form.
With natural mixed carotenoids, the benefits are far greater, as you are reaping the benefits of the antioxidant power of multiple beneficial and synergistic compounds.
Making sure that you get an adequate amount of mixed carotenoids is very important to help regulate immune function, creating an optimal environment in your body for healing. It is also important to ensure that carotenoids are mixed, since taking a high dose of an individual carotene, especially beta-carotene, may have negative effects, as quoted by the Cancer Prevention Study Group.
This shows the importance of loading up on richly pigmented vegetables such as: peppers, tomatoes, carrots and kale. In addition, research suggests that additional support using clinically-researched nutrients can help support the body’s response to HPV.
Papillex uses only mixed carotenoids from pristine water algae. This ensures that our customers have the full spectrum of carotenoids, from a whole food source. Our customers are guaranteed the most potent form of antioxidants that help with healthy cell turnover and regeneration.
What else can you do naturally?
Carotenoids are just one of the many well researched and high quality ingredients in Papillex to help your immune system respond to your HPV infection naturally.
You should also consider making the following changes to your lifestyle:
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Exercise to sweat
- Drink green tea to combat HPV
Increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables, ideally to 7-10 servings a day, and consider supplementing with Papillex.