Beta-carotene is part of a family of chemicals called the carotenoids, which are found in many fruit and vegetables, as well as some animal products such as egg yolks. Carotenoids were first isolated in the early 19th century, and have been synthesised for use as food colourings since the 1950s.
Biologically, beta-carotene is most important as the precursor of Vitamin A. It also has antioxidant properties and may help in preventing cancer and other diseases. Good sources of beta-carotene include dark green and orange-yellow vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, broccoli, romaine lettuce, apricots, and green peppers.
Did You Know?
- The Beta Carotene molecule gives carrots their orange colour.
How Beta Carotene Impacts Our Health
- It may prevent cancer and heart disease
- Slows the progression of cataracts
- Prevents macular degeneration
- Boosts immunity
- Protects the skin against sunburn
- It may prevent Asthma
- It may prevent Depression
- It may prevent Infertility
- It may prevent Parkinson’s disease
- Treats Psoriasis
- Treats Arthritis
- Good for High Blood Pressure patients
- Mayo Clinic on Beta Carotene