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Beta Carotene: Beta carotene is a natural plant compound and antioxidant that can be converted into vitamin A in the human body as it is needed. Beta carotene is available in supplements and found naturally orange or green vegetables and fruits. Excessive intake of beta carotene through supplements or diet can result in problems with toxicity or an increased risk for disease in some people, especially heavy smokers and drinkers.
Adequate amounts of Beta Carotene are claimed to be potentially beneficial for:
Adequate amounts of Beta Carotene are claimed to be potentially preventative for:
Excessive intake of Beta Carotene may involve the following risks:
Diseases this supplement may increase risk of:
Beta Carotene: A vitamin A precursor. Beta carotene belongs to the family of fat-soluble vitamins called carotenoids.
Source: National Institute of Health
Beta Carotene: A naturally-occurring retinol (vitamin A) precursor obtained from certain fruits and vegetables with potential antineoplastic and chemopreventive activities. As an anti-oxidant, beta carotene inhibits free-radical damage to DNA. This agent also induces cell differentiation and apoptosis of some tumor cell types, particularly in early stages of tumorigenesis, and enhances immune system activity by stimulating the release of natural killer cells, lymphocytes, and monocytes.(NCI04)
Source: Diseases Database
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