Cryptoxanthin is a plant chemical that may help prevent lung cancer. It’s also a good antioxidant and has been implicated in helping a number of health problems.
Some plants make a red pigement called Lycopene. The most common source for most people is tomatoes. Lycopene is thought to help prevent certain types of cancer, but also may help with cholesterol problems and prevent hardening of the arteries. Time to eat more tomatoes!
Lipoic acid can be made in our bodies but is often taken as a supplement, particularly in treating insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics. You can get it from several vegetables.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin are two nutrients that are important for good eye health. Since the eyes “collect” light, there is a lot og UV radiation entering the eyes, and lutein and zeaxanthin help to mop up the free radicals that result.