Capsanthin is a phytonutrient belonging to the carotenoid family. It is also the compound that gives paprika its red color.

As a carotenoid, capsanthin has antioxidant action and recent studies are investigating capsanthin’s use as a cancer preventive agent.

HEALING TIP: Because capsanthin is lipid-soluble, your body will absorb more if you enjoy foods containing capsanthin with some healthy fat.

Capsanthin - Found in:

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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