What are the health benefits of beta-cryptoxanthin?

Beta-cryptoxanthin is a  carotenoid that can be converted directly into vitamin A. In a British study, intake was associated with a 50 percent reduced risk of polyarthritis (arthritis affecting two or more joint groups). Harvard researchers have also linked this carotenoid to a reduced risk of lung cancer, and Australian scientists have shown beta-cryptoxanthin to be nearly as effective as lycopene in protecting against prostate cancer.

Top beta-cryptoxanthin sources include butternut squash, pumpkins, red bell peppers and tangerines.

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