Any of various organic compounds that occur as orange-yellow to red pigments in many plants and in animal tissue. In plant leaves, carotenes aid in the absorption of light energy by transferring the energy to chlorophyll and act as antioxidants protecting chlorophyll from damage by oxidation. In animals, carotenes are converted to vitamin A primarily in the liver. They are members of the carotenoid family of compounds and give plants such as carrots, pumpkins, and dandelions their characteristic color. Chemical formula: C40H56.
yellow carotenoid pigments in plants and animal fats and egg yolks
A yellow-orange xanthophyll carotenoid, C40 H56 O2 , that occurs naturally in green plants and in the fat of plant-eating animals, egg yolk, the corpus luteum, and the retina, and that may help to prevent macular degeneration.
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