Molecule of the Week
February 11, 2008
Cryptoxanthin is one of a class of carotenoids called xanthophylls. Its structure is identical to that of β-carotene except that it has a hydroxyl group. Like carotene, it is converted to vitamin A in the human body and acts as an antioxidant. Xanthophylls (from Greek xanthos, yellow) are found in leaves and flowers; when the chlorophyll in leaves is denatured by cold weather, xanthophylls are responsible for leaves’ changing to yellow and red colors.
- Get more information on this molecule from CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service)
- Molecule of the Week archive | About MOTW