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The digestive health status, and indeed the overall health status of an individual,also influences the absorption of carotenoids. Increased gastric pH appears to decrease b-carotene absorption . Gastrointestinal conditions that cause fat malabsorption may also lead to decreased carotenoid absorption. Conditions such as cholestasis, biliary cirrhosis, and pancreatic insufficiency may cause a reduction in digestive enzymes and bile release, ultimately affecting overall digestion of carotenoid-rich food and partitioning of lipophilic compounds into micelles . Parasitemia in general has been negatively associated with plasma concentrations of carotenoids . A study with malaria-infested children in Uganda demonstrated that therapeutic reductions in parasitemia resulted in increased concentrations of plasma carotenoids. Also, the presence of parasites in the intestine impaired carotenoid absorption or utilization. Jalal and his co-workers reported enhanced absorption after deworming children infected with Ascaris.

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