Beta carotene is the carotenoid (orange pigment) found in plants and food containing chlorophyll (carrots, squash, onions, spinach). It has extra antioxidant powers that fill in where other vitamins and antioxidants leave off. Beta carotene is powerful in helping to prevent overall body deterioration which happens as we age.
Benefits of beta carotene:
It can convert in the body to vitamin A, which has antiaging attributes on its own, like boosting immunity.
It helps to neutralize free radicals present in the environment. Free radicals damage healthy cells and can cause several chronic diseases.
It has the ability to protect against UVA-light induced damage, so it helps reduce levels of oxidative stress and contributes to overall improvement of the appearance of the skin.
Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A which is essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. It is also involved in the growth and repair of body tissues and protects skin against damage.
It helps keep arteries from clogging when taken for a long period of time.
Diet high in beta carotene reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease. Together with vitamin E it reduces the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (the negative one) and lowering the risk of heart diseases.
It activates the thymus gland which is one of the most important sources of immune functioning. It helps to fight off infections, bacteria and viruses and cancerous cells before they can spread.
Apricots, asparagus, chicory, kale, broccoli, carrots, peas, peppers, pumpkin, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes.
Vitamin A can be sourced from the food we eat, through beta carotene, for example, or in supplement form. The advantage of dietary beta carotene is that the body only converts as much as it needs.
To get the most out of beta-carotene it is best to take it together with vitamin E and C as that’s the best protection against deterioration due to free radicals.