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Sunday, 24 April 2016
Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene is often called Provitamin A as it is converted to essential vitamin A in the body. It also has antioxidant activity, which helps to protect cells from damage.
Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the vitamin A needed in a typical western diet. Beta-carotene can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It can be manufactured in laboratories (this type is called ‘synthetic’ Beta carotene). It can also easily be extracted from natural sources (Called Natural sourced). Both these forms can be used to manufacture supplements.
While Vitamin A accumulates in the body and therefore can be toxic when taken regularly in high doses, Beta-carotene is a safer option as the body converts to Vitamin A only what it needs. And while high Vitamin A intake is particularly of concern for pregnant women, Beta Carotene is a much safer source for pregnant women as well.
Medically Beta carotene is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo.
Beta-carotene is also used in malnourished (underfed) women to reduce the chance of death and night blindness during pregnancy, as well as diarrhoea and fever after giving birth.
Some people who sunburn easily, including those with an inherited disease called erythropoietin protoporphyria (EPP), use beta-carotene to reduce the risk of sunburn as it has antioxidant activity, which helps to protect cells from damage. Takin beta-carotene by mouth can reduce sensitivity to the sun in people with erythropoietin protoporphyria. For preventing sunburn in sun-sensitive people it is recommend to take beta-carotene 25 mg orally daily during sunny holidays and for a period before and after the holiday.
There are many authorities – including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the World Cancer Research Institute in association with the American Institute for Cancer Research, the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer – that recommend getting beta-carotene regularly. Eating a minimum of 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily provides 6-8 mg of beta-carotene. This is the minimum level of daily Beta carotene intake recommended for healthy adults.
Sona Beta Carotene provides 25mg of only Natural Beta carotene in each capsule.