Botanical Name:Beta Carotene
Molecular Formula:C40H56
Molecular Weight‎:536.888 g/mol
Appearance: Orange Powder
Specification:99% by HPLC
Storage: Stored in a cool, dry and dark place, shelf life 24 months.

What is Beta-Carotene?

Beta-carotene is a pigment found in plants that gives yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their color. It’s converted in the body to vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, skin and neurological function.

Vitamin A is found in two primary forms: active vitamin A and beta-carotene. Active vitamin A is called retinol, and it comes from animal-derived foods. This pre-formed vitamin A can be used directly by the body without needing to convert the vitamin first. Pro vitamin A carotenoids are different because they need to be converted to retinol by the body after they’re ingested. Beta-carotene is a type of carotenoid that’s found primarily in plants; it needs to be converted to active vitamin A before it can be utilized by the body.

There’s plenty of evidence that eating high-antioxidant foods that contain beta-carotene is good for your health and may help prevent serious conditions. However, there’s mixed research about the use of beta-carotene supplements. In fact, some studies even suggest that supplementation may increase your risk of serious health conditions like cancer and heart disease. The important message here is that there are benefits to getting vitamins in food that don’t necessarily occur in supplement form.

Health Benefits of Beta-Carotene

1. Has Powerful Antioxidant Activity

Beta-carotene and other carotenoids have antioxidant activities and are valued for their ability to prevent chronic disease. They protect the body from damaging free radicals, which are the primary cause of aging and degeneration.Studies have shown an inverse relationship between the presence of various cancers and dietary carotenoids or blood carotenoid levels. However, it appears that carotenoids can promote health when taken at dietary levels but may have adverse effects when taken in high doses by people who smoke or who have been exposed to asbestos. Researchers are still determining the proper doses for carotenoids to be beneficial and not dangerous.Nonetheless, it’s clear that consuming foods containing beta-carotene and other antioxidants helps lower levels of inflammation and fight oxidative stress within the body.

2. Supports Healthy Pregnancy

The American Pediatrics Association cites vitamin A as one of the most critical vitamins during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Vitamin A plays an important role in the healthy development of the fetus and the newborn, with lung development and maturation being particularly important. It’s also needed for infants and toddlers to build a strong immune system.According to research published in the European Journal of Nutrition, there should be a 40 percent increase in vitamin A intake for pregnant women and a 90 percent increase for breastfeeding women. It’s safest to get beta-carotene from the foods you eat, so women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should consume more yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. If you do need a supplement to get enough this carotenoid, use it under the supervision of your health care provider.

3. Protects the Skin

Beta-carotene metabolism takes place in a wide variety of organs, including the skin. Many studies have found that it helps prevent the formation of UV-induced erythema, or skin irritation and redness. Although it can’t be compared to the efficacy of sunscreen, there’s evidence that beta-carotene can protect the skin against sunburn by increasing the basal defense against skin damage caused by UV light.

4. Protects Your Eyes

Beta-carotene and other antioxidants may help delay the progression of age-related macular degeneration, which causes vision changes that are sometimes so severe that irreversible legal blindness can occur. Antioxidants are effective in slowing down the progression of macular degeneration symptoms because they can help prevent oxidative stress, which plays a significant role in the degeneration of cells and nerves in the retina/macula.

The Age-Related Eye Disease Study established that a combination of dietary antioxidants, including zinc, beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, effectively slowed the progression of macular degeneration.

5. Treats Oral Leukoplakia

A study conducted at the University of Arizona confirmed the activity of beta-carotene in patients with oral leukoplakia, which is highlighted by thickened, white patches that form on your gums and inside your cheeks. Most leukoplakia patches are benign, but some may be early signs of cancer. Fifty patients were given 60 milligrams of beta-carotene a day for six months, and then participants were chosen to either continue treatment or use placebo therapy for 12 additional months. The results showed that 52 percent (26 patients) of the participants had a clinical response to treatment, and 23 of the 26 patients who responded positively completed the second, randomized phase of the study.

Another older study, published in 1990, had similar results: 71 percent of patients in the treatment group had major responses to 30 milligrams of beta-carotene per day. Researchers concluded that because of its lack of toxicity, it serves as an excellent candidate as a preventive agent for oral cancer.

6. Improves Respiratory Health

Research published in the European Respiratory Journal suggests that eating fruits with beta-carotene can improve respiratory and pulmonary function. In comparison with eating fruit rarely or never, people who ate fruit at least once a day had reduced respiratory symptoms, such as phlegm production, shortness of breath and wheezing. Fruits of any kind help to fight respiratory conditions, including mango, papaya, and cantaloupe.

Dosage of Beta-Carotene

  • For erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP): dosage is based on age. For age 1 to 4, the daily dose is 60-90 mg; age 5 to 8 years, 90-120 mg; age 9 to 12 years, 120-150 mg; age 13 to 16 years, 150-180 mg; and age 16 and older, 180 mg. If people still remain too sensitive to the sun using these doses, beta-carotene can be increased by 30-60 mg per day for children under 16 years old, and up to a total of 300 mg per day for people older than age 16.
  • For preventing sunburn in sun-sensitive people: beta-carotene 25 mg orally daily.
  • For treating age-related macular degeneration (AMD): beta-carotene 15 mg plus vitamin C 500 mg, zinc oxide 80 mg, and vitamin E 400 IU daily.

Potential Side Effects of Beta-Carotene

Beta-carotene is LIKELY SAFE in adults and children when taken by mouth in appropriate amounts for certain specific medical conditions. However, beta-carotene supplements are not recommended for general use.

Beta-carotene is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in high doses, especially when taken long-term. High doses of beta-carotene can turn skin yellow or orange.

Certificate of Analysis

AssayBeta-Carotene 99%HPLCComplies
AppearanceOrange powderN/AComplies
Particle size100% pass 80 meshUSP32<786>Complies
Extract SolventsWater/EthanolN/AComplies
IdentificationPositive ReactionN/AComplies
Loss on Drying≤5.0%Eur.Ph.6.0[2.8.17]Complies
Acid-insoluble ash≤7.0%Eur.Ph.6.0[2.4.16]Complies
Solvents ResidueMeet Eur.Ph6.0<5.4>Eur.Ph 6.0<2.4.24>Complies
Pesticides ResidueNegativeUSP32<561>Complies
Microbiological Control
Total bacterial count≤1000cfu/gUSP30<61>Complies
Yeast & mold≤100cfu/gUSP30<61>Complies

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