Carotenoids and carrots, so what came first? The vegetable, carrots are a derivative of the Latin word for the vegetable “carota”. Beta-carotene is the name for the compound in carrots that transforms into vitamin A in the body and is similarly an orange color, often called pro-vitamin A. Only plants contain carotenoids, they don’t make vitamin A.
Carotenoids not of the pro-vitamin A group, they don’t make the vitamin in the body, are shades of green and yellows, and include xanthophylls and lutein.
Carotenes & skin health
What is so valuable about consuming orange carotenes, is they make their way from our digestive system to our blood, our fat, and lymph at which point some of the compounds make their way to our skin. There, they collect in both the epidermis as well as the lowest layer of skin and protect against damage from free radicals. They interrupt damage caused by oxygen and free radical damage.
Beta-carotenes in buriti oil
Buriti oil is one of the most generous suppliers of beta-carotene of the carrier oils. The buriti palm, Mauritia flexuosa, an Amazon native is a very red and liquid oil due to its high percentage of oleic acid.
And like other members of the palm family, it shares the same intense beta-carotene color and poly-phenolic compounds of the African oil palm and Tucuma oil.
In addition to carotenoids, the oil is rich in vitamin E tocopherols and tocotrienols. Plant-phenols are anti-inflammatory and help calm stubborn disruptions of the skin.
Here’s a short video on buriti oil and carotenoids
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