Carotene

Carotenes or carotenoids have also been called provitamin A because it’s the plant based version that we convert in our bodies to vitamin A.  They are found in foods that are typically yellow, orange, or red.

Function

  • supports adrenals and thymus gland
  • strengthens epithelial tissue
  • enhances immune system
  • antioxidant
  • anti-cancer
  • helps heart disease

Lycopene, lutein, and astaxanthin are also carotenes.

Tea

Latin name: Camellia sinensis

Function

  • antioxidant
  • helps cardiovascular disease
  • anti-cancer
  • protects against radiation
  • helps digest fat and protein

All tea comes from the same plant, but white tea is non fermented, green tea is partially fermented, and the darker teas are fully fermented.  Most of the research has been done on green tea that’s steeped for only 3-5 minutes.