Encapsulation of Carotenoids

  • Henelyta S. RibeiroEmail author
  • Heike P. Schuchmann
  • Robert Engel
  • Elke Walz
  • Karlis Briviba


Carotenoids are natural pigments, which are synthesized by microorganisms and plants. More than 600 naturally occurring carotenoids have been found in the nature. The main sources of carotenoids are fruits, vegetables, leaves, peppers, and certain types of fishes, sea foods, and birds. Carotenoids may protect cells against photosensitization and work as light-absorbing pigments during photosynthesis. Some carotenoids may inhibit the destructive effect of reactive oxygen species. Due to the antioxidative properties of carotenoids, many investigations regarding their protective effects against cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancers, as well as other degenerative illnesses, have been carried out in the last years (Briviba et al. 2004; Krinsky et al. 2004; Kirsh et al. 2006). A diet rich in carotenoids may also contribute to photoprotection against UV radiation (Stahl et al. 2006). In vitro studies have shown that carotenoids such as β-cryptoxanthin and lycopene stimulate bone formation and mineralization. The results may be related to prevention of osteoporosis (Kim et al. 2003; Yamaguchi and Uchiyama 2003; 2004; Yamaguchi et al. 2005).


Droplet Size Whey Protein Whey Protein Isolate Droplet Size Distribution Membrane Emulsification 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henelyta S. Ribeiro
    • 1
    Email author
  • Heike P. Schuchmann
    • 2
  • Robert Engel
    • 3
  • Elke Walz
    • 4
  • Karlis Briviba
    • 4
  1. 1.Unilever Discover, Colworth Science ParkSharnbrookUK
  2. 2.Institute of Process Engineering in Life SciencesUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruheGermany
  3. 3.BASF SELudwigshafenGermany
  4. 4.Department of Food and Bio Process EngineeringMax Rubner-Institute (MRI), Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and FoodKarlsruheGermany

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