A potent antioxidant that supports our natural defense system! *
Beta Carotene is the compound, which colors vegetables yellow or orange.
Beta Carotene, one of over 400 identified carotenes, protects plants from
oxidative damage during photosynthesis. Beta Carotene consists of two
molecules linked to each other and is converted into vitamin A as needed by
the body. Beta Carotene acts as an antioxidant, trapping and neutralizing
singlet oxygen molecules and other free radicals, which can damage the
body's cellular membranes, lipids, proteins, and vitamins. Cancer,
Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, Cataracts, and many other chronic degenerative
diseases have been linked to free-radical damage. Numerous studies have
shown that people who consume high quantities of Beta Carotene have a
lowered incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases.*
Beta carotene supplements may offer these specific benefits:
relief from carpal tunnel and repetitive-stress injuries*
relieve symptoms of osteo and rheumatoid arthritis*
protect against UV radiation from the sun*
prevent diabetes, relieve symptoms of diabetes*
prevent cataracts and macular degeneration*
enhance the function of the immune system*
increase strength and endurance*
improve prostate function*
improve recovery time from exercise*
reduce pain and inflammation*
promote healthy eyesight*
promote cardiovascular health*
relieve respiratory system problems*
beneficial for male and female fertility*
Health Conditions That Beta Carotene Supplements Are Recommended For
Bronchitis and emphysema*
Cervical & prostate cancer*
Eczema and psoriasis*
Male and female infertility*
Here is an article on Beta Carotene and it's importance:
High dietary consumption of beta-carotene may help prevent prostate
cancer, according to research presented here last month at the
annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
For men with the lowest dietary intake of beta-carotene, supplements show
some promise in preventing prostate cancer--although it is too soon to
recommend widespread supplementation, said lead investigator Meir Stampfer,
M.D., of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, both in
Boston. Dr. Stampfer reported the latest results from the ongoing
Physicians' Health Study of more than 22,000 U.S. doctors that began in
Many studies have linked foods rich in beta-carotene with a lower risk of
lung and various other cancers. Supplements of the antioxidant, however,
have not lived up to early expectations. In fact, last year's results from
the Physicians' Health Study showed no reduced risk of any type of cancer
among men taking 50 mg of beta-carotene every other day, when compared with
men taking a placebo.
In the latest analysis of that population, Dr. Stampfer and colleagues
compared plasma levels of beta-carotene that were measured at baseline and
12 years later in a subgroup of 1,318 men in whom prostate cancer had
developed during the study and 2,038 men who served as controls.
Plasma levels of beta-carotene reflect dietary consumption of the
antioxidant vitamin, Dr. Stampfer said. The researchers found that prostate
cancer was 36% more likely to develop in men in the lowest quartile of
beta-carotene at baseline than in men in the highest baseline quartile.
Also, among study participants with the lowest baseline levels, those who
supplemented appeared to have a 19% reduced risk of cancer, although the
decrease was not statistically significant, Dr. Stampfer said.
Still, the researchers concluded that "these subgroup analyses are
compatible with the possibility that beta-carotene supplementation reduces
the risk of prostate cancer among those with low baseline levels."
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, though, is well known to
contribute to better health, he said. Indeed, it may be some other
component of foods rich in beta-carotene that protects against cancer, and
not the beta-carotene itself, he added.
Derek Raghavan, M.D., chief of the division of solid tumor oncology at the
Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., agreed, noting that men
should not supplement their diets with beta-carotene in hopes of preventing
An estimated 334,500 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the
United States this year, and about 41,800 men will die from the disease,
according to the American Cancer Society, headquartered in Atlanta. The
disease is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. --J.S.
Smokers and beta-carotene lung cancer risk
A French study involving adult females published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (September 2005 issue)
smokers with high beta-carotene levels had a higher risk of lung cancer
and other smoking-related cancers
than other smokers. They also found that non-smokers with high
beta-carotene intake had a lower risk of lung cancer.
They found that the risk of lung cancer over a ten-year period was:
181.8 per 10,000 women for non-smokers with low beta-carotene intake
81.7 per 10,000 women for non-smokers with high beta-carotene intake
174 per 10,000 women for smokers with low beta-carotene intake
368.3 per 10,000 women for smokers with high beta-carotene intake
Further research has suggested that high intake among smokers is nearly
always due to supplements, and not food intake.
Beta-carotene may slow down cognitive decline
Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene.
Men who have been taking beta-carotene supplements for 15 or more years
are considerably less likely to experience cognitive decline
than other males, researchers from Harvard Medical School reported in Archives of Internal Medicine (November 2007 issue).
Oxidative stress is thought to be a key factor in the cognitive
decline, the researchers explained. Studies have shown that antioxidant
supplements may help prevent the deterioration of cognition.
Their study, involving 4,052 men, compared those on beta-carotene
supplements for an average of 18 years to others who were given a placebo.
Over the short-term, they found no difference in cognitive decline risk
between the two groups of men, but in the long-term, it was clear that
beta-carotene supplements made a significant difference.
The researchers emphasized that there may have been other factors that
contributed to the slower decline in cognitive abilities among the men in
the beta-carotene group.
Beta-carotene drug interactions
Drug interaction refers to a substance interfering in how a medication
works, by either making it less effective, increasing its potency, or
changing what it is supposed to do.
The following drugs may be affected by beta-carotene supplements:
- the effectiveness of simvastatin (Zocor) and niacin may be decreased
if the patient is taking beta-carotene with selenium and vitamins E and
Some cholesterol-lowering drugs
- cholestyramine and colestipol can reduce blood levels of dietary
beta-carotene by thirty to forty percent.
(Xenical, Alli) - this is a weight control medication. It can undermine
the absorption of beta-carotene by up to 30%, resulting in lower blood
beta-carotene levels. Those choosing to take a multivitamin while on
orlistat should take them at least two hours before having their
- used for the treatment of constipation can lower blood levels
of beta carotene.
Long-term alcohol consumption can interact with beta-carotene, raising the
chances of developing liver problems.
Beta-carotene slows down lung power decline as people age
The British Medical Journal published a report in March 2006 which
high blood beta-carotene levels compensate for some of the damage to
the lungs caused by oxygen free radicals
They measured the FEV1 of 535 participants and measured their beta-carotene
FEV1 measures how much air you can breathe out in one go.
They found that those with high beta-carotene levels had a much slower
decline in FEV1 measures.
LifeSource Vitamins Beta Carotene converts to Vitamin A in your body, and
acts as an antioxidant, trapping free radicals which can damage the body's
cellular membranes, lipids, proteins, and vitamins.
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