3. Carotenoids

  1. Andrew Salter3,
  2. Dr Helen Wiseman4 and
  3. Gregory Tucker3
  1. Dr. Úrsula Flores-Perez PhD1,2 and
  2. Dr. Manuel Rodriguez-Concepcion1

Published Online: 21 FEB 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118253649.ch3



How to Cite

Flores-Perez, Ú. and Rodriguez-Concepcion, M. (2012) Carotenoids, in Phytonutrients (eds A. Salter, H. Wiseman and G. Tucker), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118253649.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Nutritional Sciences Division, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD, UK

  2. 4

    Nutritional Sciences, Diabetes and Nutritional Sciences Division, King's College London, Franklin-Wilkins Building, 150 Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) CSIC-IRTA-UAB, Campus UAB Bellaterra, 08193 Barcelona, Spain

  2. 2

    Department of Biology, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 FEB 2012
  2. Published Print: 23 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131513

Online ISBN: 9781118253649



  • carotenoids, vitamin A precursors;
  • carotenoids, isoprenoid pigments;
  • photoprotection, light harvesting;
  • carotenoid biosynthesis in plants;
  • CHYE enzymes, ε ring hydroxylation;
  • antioxidant properties;
  • humans, carotenoid metabolism;
  • VAD, meeting dietary demands;
  • hypervitaminosis A, harmful and fatal;
  • carotenoid-rich fruits, vegetables


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Structure, biosynthesis and function of plant carotenoids

  • Dietary sources and health benefits

  • Absorption and bioavailability of dietary carotenoids

  • Carotenoid metabolism in humans

  • Meeting the dietary demand and consequences for imbalance

  • Acknowledgements