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Crocin is a natural carotenoid chemical compound that is found in the flowers crocus and gardenia. It is the diester formed from the disaccharide gentiobiose and the dicarboxylic acid crocetin. It has a deep red color and forms crystals with a melting point of 186 °C. When dissolved in water, it forms an orange solution.
Crocin is the chemical ingredient primarily responsible for the color of saffron. It has also been shown to be a potent antioxidant.    It has also been shown to have an anticarcinogenic action.   
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