Beta Carotene


Ingredient Type: Metabolite

Also Known As: β-Carotene, Provitamin A

Beta Carotene (Vitamin A) is a strongly-pigmented nutrient found in many plants, giving carrots, yams, pumpkin and mangoes their deep orange color.  It is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication, and it is critical for vision as an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retinal receptors.  It also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.

Vitamin A is used in health supplements today as an antioxidant to promote healthy tissue.



In the meantime see the MedlinePlus entry for beta-carotene, the Michigan Medicine Health Library entry for beta-carotene, or the entry for vitamin A for more information.