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Beta Carotene
Definition

What does Beta Carotene do for the body

Beta Carotene is a form of Provitamin A. It is converted into Vitamin A when entered into the body. The Antioxidant property of Beta Carotene protects the body from free radicals. It boosts the Immune System and strengthens the Eyesight. Beta Carotene protects the body from Infections and Allergies. Beta Carotene reduces the growth of Low Density Lipoprotein in the blood. This lowers the risk of Heart Diseases and diseases such as Atherosclerosis. Long term intake of Beta Carotene provides Cognitive Effects.
It has Antioxidant, Photoprotective and Synergistic effects.

Requirement of Beta Carotene per day

1 to 4 years : 60 to 90 mg
5 to 8 years : 90 to 120 mg
9 to 12 years : 120 to 150 mg
13 to 16 years : 150 to 180 mg
17 and Above : 180 mg

Benefits of Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene prevents the damage to cell membranes and DNA. It decreases the risk of Cardiovascular diseases and Oral cavity. Beta Carotene is required for the production of Sperms and regulates the blood circulation throughout the body. It combines with Vitamin C to give relief from Respiratory diseases such as Asthma and Bronchitis.
High dose of Beta Carotene treats photosensitivity associated with Erythropoietic Protoporphyria ( disease ).
It protects against UV-induced photosuppression of Immune function. It also enhances NK ( Natural Killer )cell responses ( Helps to fight Cancer cells and Viral Infection ).
It enhances the repair of UV damage, modulation of Enzyme activity, Gene expression and enhances cell-to-cell communication.
Beta Crotene has Antioxidant property which prevents Oral Cancer.
It prevents from Oral Cancer since it contains Antioxidant nutrients.
Beta carotene also cures Pneumonia in children ( 15 mg of Beta-carotene per day ), Cystic Fibrosis, Cataract and Age-Related Macula Degeneration. ( AMRD )
It reduces the risk of Cancer, Heart diseases and Eye diseases.

Functions of Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene is required for the normal growth of Cell and DNA replication.
It is important for the development of Teeth and Bones.
Beta Carotene effectively cures Skin Disorders and detoxifies the body.
It protects the body from common Cold, Flu and Infections.
It neutralizes the free radicals and protects the Cells by slowing down the aging process.
Beta Carotene treats Dry Skin and Eczema.
It is essential for clear vision and protects from Eye diseases.
It influences the activity of Cell Signalling and improves the inflammatory response.
It reduces the oxidative damage to the cell membranes and receptors.
It cures Asthma and Chronic obstructive Pulmonary diseases.

Effects of Beta Carotene deficiency in the body

Dry Skin
Night Blindness
Reproduction Disorders
Skin Disorders

Effects of excess Beta Carotene in the body

Nausea
Vomiting
Vision Disorders
Headache
Weak Bones
Dry Skin
Liver Enlargement

Low levels of Beta-carotene can cause:
Breast Cancer, Non-Melanoma and Melanoma Skin Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Alzheimer’s Dementia, Age related Macular Degeneration, Metabolic syndrome, Poor Glycaemic Control, Type 2 Diabetes.
Dosage:
5 or more servings of fruit per day or 3-6 mg/ day.
For Erythropoietic Protoporphyria : 30-300 mg/day
For Photoprotecion : 24 mg /day for more than 2 months . To enhance absorption, take it with meals.
 
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