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Lipids. 2000 Jul;35(7):803-6.

A comparison of lycopene and astaxanthin absorption from corn oil and olive oil emulsions.

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Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-4017, USA. RCLARK@CANR.CAG.UCONN.EDU


The effect of different oils on the absorption of carotenoids was investigated in mesenteric lymph duct cannulated rats. Sixteen treatment emulsions containing increasing concentrations of either lycopene (LYC) or astaxanthin (AST) (5, 10, 15, 20 micromol/L) were prepared with olive oil or corn oil and continuously infused into the duodenum of the rat. Absorption of carotenoids into the mesenteric lymph duct was determined. Absorption of LYC and AST from both oils increased with the amount infused into the duodenum. The average recovery of AST in the lymph from the olive oil emulsion was 20% but was decreased to 13% from emulsions containing corn oil. Lycopene was not as well absorbed as AST. The average recovery of LYC was 6% from olive oil emulsions but only 2.5% when infused with corn oil. The LYC used in this study was isolated from tomato paste and was primarily in the all-trans form. We did not observe any significant isomerization of all-trans LYC to 9-cis LYC during absorption. We conclude that the type of oil with which a carotenoid is consumed can influence its absorption.

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