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What Is alpha-Cryptoxanthin & What Foods Can I Find It In?

alpha-Cryptoxanthin is a naturally occurring carotenoid pigment with provitamin A activity whose structure is very similar to that of beta-carotene.

alpha-Cryptoxanthin can be converted into active vitamin A by enzymatic activity in the small intestine.


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Cryptoxanthin is a Natural Carotenoid

Cryptoxanthin is a carotenoid, which is widely present in fruits and vegetables.

It belongs to the class of organic compounds known as xanthophylls.

These are carotenoids containing an oxygenated carotene backbone. (source )

alpha-Cryptoxanthin is closely related to beta-carotene. (source )

alpha-Cryptoxanthin In The Body

alpha-Cryptoxanthin has been found in human milk, and ocular tissues.

But research is lacking, and little is known about the potential physiological role of alpha-Cryptoxanthin. (source )

alpha-Cryptoxanthin has been reported that it shows a strong antioxidation activity.

alpha-Cryptoxanthin In Plants

alpha-Cryptoxanthin is the major pigment in developing fruits.

It is belivied to be the only carotenoid to be found in the developing seeds.

It is responsible for the yellow colour of the fruit.

In the flowers, it is present in the pollen grains.

In the leaves, it is concentrated in the epidermis, especially on the abaxial side.


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Uses Of alpha-Cryptoxanthin

Cryptoxanthin is used as a colorant in many foods and beverages.

alpha-Cryptoxanthin can be used as a potential food additive in the manufacture of foods such as milk, soybean, and cheese.

Foods You Can Find alpha-Cryptoxanthin In

You find alpha-Cryptoxanthin mostly in and dairy and egg products.

Examples of food sources include

Foods in our nutrition tool

You can find regularly updated top-ranked lists of foods for over 200+ nutrients in our nutrition tool.

We currently have just a few foods in our nutrition tool that contain alpha-Cryptoxanthin.

Here's our short list of foods that contain alpha-Cryptoxanthin.

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co-founder Care Omnia, Head Content Creator




Sara
Niemelä

Nutrition is my passion. I've spent thousands upon thousands of hours reading, analyzing, categorizing and comparing research studies.

I’m a wife and a mother of three. I enjoy the outdoors, cooking, and spending time with my family.