Beta-Carotene: Benefits, Side Effects, Dosage And Interactions

Beta-Carotene
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About Beta-Carotene

Beta-Carotene is a carotenoid compound that is what does give fruits and vegetables their overall red-orange color pigment in abundance. It is a complete organic compound that is chemically classified under a hydrocarbon and terpenoid in definition. It is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments that are known as being carotenoids as a group. Beta-carotenes can be found in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. They can also be produced in a laboratory as well.

Origin Of Beta-Carotene

Some minerals do come directly from the earth’s crust. However, beta-carotene is totally a food source mineral, and this is because most minerals that come this way are much easier for the human body to absorb in essence. There are beta-carotene foods that are rich in this substance more so than others are. Some of the foods that are high up in beta-carotene substance are no other than sweet potatoes, carrots, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, cos or romaine lettuce, squash, cantaloupe melon, sweet red peppers, dried apricots, peas, and broccoli.

Health Benefits Of Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is a very safe source to get Vitamin A. Dietary beta-carotene will only source the overall amount of this mineral that it does need for the human body. The body converts only the sum that it does require and that is it. Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, and a carotenoid is no other than an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants do all good things for the body and health. They are what does inhibit the oxidation of other molecules and they help to protect* the body against any free radicals. Free radicals can do damage to cells via oxidation. The damage that is caused by free radicals can lead to many chronic illnesses. Anti-oxidants that come into play through diet are those that assist people’s immune systems, protect* against free radicals, and greatly lower the risk of cancer and heart disease. Beta-carotene has also been shown in studies to slow down cognitive decline. There are just some of the many benefits that go along with it.

Health Benefits Of Beta-Carotene

Side Effects Of Beta-Carotene

Beta-Carotene just like anything else can have its side effects. There is good and bad in everything. Beta-carotene side effects may not need medical attention. This is because the human body does grow accustomed to the supplement during its usage. Any side effects are more than likely to go away. Therefore, some of the most common of all side effects, which do go along with the intake of beta-carotene can include the following. They are no other than yellowing of the face, palms of hands, hands, or soles of feet. Some of the rare side effects do include diarrhea, dizziness, pain in joints, and unusual bleeding or bruising.

Recommended Doses And Timing For Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is something that is relatively safe to take by mouth, for both adults and children, if it is done only in appropriate amounts for the treatment of certain medical conditions. Nonetheless, beta-carotene supplements are something that aren’t highly advised to take just for general usage. Beta-carotene is something that can be quite unsafe, if it is taken by mouth, in high doses and for the long term. High doses of beta-carotene can turn one’s skin orange or yellow. There is research that also does raise the concern that taking beta-carotene anti-oxidant supplements can do far more harm than good. This means increasing* a person’s chances of dying from all causes, as well as, increasing* the risk of getting certain cancers and suffering very serious side effects.

Use Of Beta-Carotene In Supplements

Beta-carotene is something that is used and is available in a wide host of various health supplements. Some of these health supplements are all about possessing anti-oxidants in them and it is these anti-oxidants that deliver awesome health results in their own unique ways. Anti-oxidants are supplements that do help protect* cells from damage. Therefore, people do utilize these supplements with beta-carotene to ensure that they do have a rich source of anti-oxidants on a regular basis. Though beta-carotene supplements are good, there are studies, which have not found or concluded that these beta-carotene supplements do have the same health benefits as food sources do.

Beta-Carotene Interactions

Beta-carotene does have some interactions. This is the same with other health supplements as well. Therefore, do ask your healthcare professional about it, just to learn more before taking this kind of supplement. You should especially make a note to ask your healthcare professional about beta-carotene, if you are presently taking any prescription medications, just to be on the safe side of things. It is something that may interact with cholesterol medications. Some medicines that are known to interact with beta-carotene are no other than lutein, verteporfin, and Visudyne.

Conclusion

Beta-carotene does have its good points and its bad points equally. However, overall, it is still an awesome health supplement in its own right and does have the power to bring one good health if used wisely.

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