Carotenoids are a widely distributed group of naturally occurring pigments, usually red, orange or yellow in color. They are used extensively as safe, natural colorants for food, feed, and cosmetics. They are known to be essential for plant growth and photosynthesis, and are a main dietary source of vitamin A in humans. They are thought to be associated with reduced risk of several chronic health disorders including some forms of cancer, heart disease and eye degeneration. Listed alphabetically are the names of some of the most common naturally-occurring carotenoids. Click on the name to view the structure of the molecule.
The President-Elect and 5 new Council Members of ICS.
Bruno Robert, Director of Department of Biosciences, Structural Biology and Mechanisms, Institute de Biologie et de Technologie de Saclay, France
i) Kevin Gellenbeck, Principal Research Scientist- Concentrate Development, Amway/Nutrilite, USA
ii) Johannes von Lintig, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Case Western University, USA
iii) Adriana Z. Mercadante, Professor Titular, DCA-FEA-UNICAMP Campinas, Brasil
iv) Antonio J. Meléndez Martínez, Profesor Contratado Doctor, Dpto. Nutrición y Bromatología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Sevilla, Spain
v) Adrian Wyss, Senior Scientist, DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland