What is Beta Carotene?
Beta-carotene is a member of the carotenoid family of plant pigments, which are responsible for the yellow, orange and red colours of certain fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is also known as pro-vitamin A, as it is converted by the body into vitamin A. Vitamin A only occurs in animal tissues (particularly liver, fish liver and dairy products), whereas beta-carotene occurs in plant tissues (particularly carrots). In addition to being a pre-cursor of vitamin A, beta carotene is important as an antioxidant, and in helping to maintain healthy vision, reproductive and immune function.
What does Beta Carotene do?
Beta-carotene is converted in the intestinal mucosa into retinol (vitamin A). Beta-carotene is also one of the most potent antioxidants, helping to maintain the body’s defence against free radicals. Beta-carotene can support the skin from the effects of exposure to ultraviolet light, and may help supportl fertility. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are required for normal growth and development, for tissue maintenance and repair, and for bone and tooth formation.