Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A as well as a potent antioxidant providing other protective functions in the body. Vitamin A is essential for many functions in the human body including: vision, growth, bone development, tooth development, maintenance of healthy epithelial tissues, protective effect against cancer, reproduction, and coenzyme and hormone roles. Although vitamin A may have toxic effects at high doses, beta carotene (as well as other carotenoids) have no known toxicity. Though beta carotene may be the best known of the carotenes, approximately 500 have been identified, and their health benefits are just beginning to be recognized. Beta-carotenes and other carotenoids act as antioxidants in the body, protecting the body from the harmful effects of free radicals.
A sufficient intake of beta carotene is important as it functions as a safe source of vitamin A, helping the body to reach the vitamin A levels that are essential for normal growth and development, good vision and eye health, a strong immune system, and healthy skin and also as an antioxidant, contributing to protecting the body against the damaging effects of free radicals, which can potentially increase the risk of developing certain diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
Beta-carotene, however, has been shown to help treat an eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Beta-carotene and vitamin A are important to help maintain skin and membrane linings. Proof that beta carotene is important for skin and membrane health is based on studies of people with erythropoietic protoporphyria. This disorder can cause painful sensitivity to light. When beta carotene is given to people with this condition, their tolerance to light increases.
Cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cancer, wrinkles, premature aging, cardiovascular disease are all affected and exacerbated by oxidative damage to different parts of the body.
In a number of studies, supplementation with beta-carotene and other carotenoids was found to enhance certain immune responses potentially preventing infections.
Age-related eye disorders
The results of population studies suggest that diets rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids may help to slow the development of age-related macular degeneration (deterioration of the macula, the part of the retina that is responsible for central vision) and cataracts (clouding in the lens of the eye) causing vision loss if left untreated.
There is evidence that beta-carotene, alone and in combination with other carotenoids or antioxidant vitamins can protect the skin from sun damage. Oral supplementation of beta-carotene has been used successfully as sun protection in combination with sunscreens in the prevention of sunburn.
A number of studies have associated high blood levels of dietary beta-carotene and other carotenoids with a lower risk of developing diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels (e.g., heart attack and atherosclerosis).
Studies indicate that increased intake of vegetables and fruits rich in beta-carotene may decrease the risk of lung cancer. It is not clear if these effects can be attributed to beta-carotene alone as the role of other carotenoids or vitamins from vegetables and fruits and associated dietary or life style patterns have not been adequately explored in the studies
Konig Beta Carotene Contains:
- Beta caroten……………………………………………5000 UI
- Selenium (natural from selenometionina)……………100 mcg
Konig Beta Carotene Highlights:
- Potent antioxidant.
- Pro-vitamin of vitamin A.
- Important for healthy skin and eyes.
- Protects against environmental pollution.