Beta-cryptoxanthin is a type of organic pigment called a carotenoid. It's related to vitamin A and found in high levels in the blood.
Beta-cryptoxanthin is similar to other carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Foods rich in beta-cryptoxanthin include squash, peppers, tangerines, oranges, peaches, and papaya.
People use beta-cryptoxanthin for cancer, diabetes, obesity, liver disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Don't confuse beta-cryptoxanthin with other carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These are not the same.
Is It Effective?
There is interest in using beta-cryptoxanthin for a number of purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.
Is it Safe?
When taken by mouth: Beta-cryptoxanthin is commonly consumed in foods. It is possibly safe when used as a supplement in doses of 6 mg daily.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Beta-cryptoxanthin is commonly consumed in foods. There isn't enough reliable information to know if beta-cryptoxanthin is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine while pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.
It is not known if Beta-Cryptoxanthin interacts with any medicines. Before taking Beta-Cryptoxanthin, talk with your healthcare professional if you take any medications.
There are no known interactions with herbs and supplements.
There are no known interactions with foods.
Beta-cryptoxanthin is naturally found in foods such as squash, peppers, tangerines, oranges, peaches, and papaya. But as medicine, there isn't enough reliable information to know what an appropriate dose of beta-cryptoxanthin might be. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult a healthcare professional before using.
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