Pharma Nord Bio-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).
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 the damaging effects of free radicals. Beta –carotene protects the skin from the effects of exposure to ultraviolet light, and helps maintain normal fertility. Beta-carotene and vitamin A are required for normal growth and development, for tissue maintenance and repair, and for bone and tooth formation.
How much Beta-Carotene should you take?
The generally recommended intake for beta-carotene is 25,000IU (15mg)/day.