Carotenoids give this group their vibrant colour. Beta-cryptoxanthin, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene are all orange-friendly carotenoids, which can be converted in the body to vitamin A, which helps maintain healthy mucous membranes and healthy eyes.
- Vitamin A is integral for vision and immune function, as well as skin and bone health.
- Help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer (especially in the lungs, esophagus, and stomach), and can improve immune system function.
- Excellent source of vitamin C, omega-3 fatty acids and folate (a B vitamin that helps reduce the risk of birth defects).
Example: Carrots, Lemons, Sweet Potato, Rock Melon, Pumpkin, Mangoes, Oranges, Pineapples