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, 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 and abnormal cell growth.
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 can cause painful sensitivity to light. When beta carotene is given to people with this condition, their tolerance to light increases.
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.
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.