THE BREAKDOWN Carotenes are particles in food that are changed into Vitamin A. The body determines itself when and how much this takes place. The most visible and recognizable of all of the Carotenes is Beta Carotene, which is the easiest to convert into Vitamin A. Beta Carotenes are found in a wide variety of foods. Carotenes act as antioxidants that help to prevent heart disease, eye malfunctions and cancer.
IN THE BODY Carotenes are absorbed by bile acids and fat.
If your diet does not have an ample amount of Carotenes, your risk of cancer and heart disease is greatly increased.
Vegetables and fruits (especially yellow, orange and green) such as: broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach contain high amounts of natural Carotenes.
There is no such thing as too much Carotene, but the recommended dosage is about 25 mg.
As stated above, there is no such thing as too much Carotene. The only side effects of too much intake of Carotenes can be of strange occurrences during a woman’s menstrual cycle or some coloring of the skin. The effects can be reduced by simply eating less.
When given in supplement form, Beta Cartone can help to fight cancer or reduce the effects of heart disease. Carotene also helps to boost the immune system, which is helpful in the fighting of all infections and diseases. Like your mom used to say: "Eat your veggies and you won't get sick."
If you are a heavy smoker or drinker and you have a high intake of Carotene, your risk of cancer is greatly increased.
* Provides excellent Night time Vision * Maintains Muscles * Stimulates growth * Keeps hair and skin healthy
IN THE BODY
Vitamin A acts as a stimulant in the body, allowing for proper growth functions of the hair, bones, tissues and even the teeth.
Lack of Vitamin A can cause nighttime blindness, problems with your eyes, and skin lesions.
Natural sources of Vitamin A include green vegetables, yellow and red fruits. The highest concentration of Vitamin A can be found in carrots.
* Children (9-13 years of age): 400 mcg or 1333 IU * Men (14 years of age and over): 900 mcg or 3000 IU * Women (14 years of age and over): 700 mcg or 2330 IU * Pregnancy (14-18 years of age): 750 mcg or 2500 IU (19 years of age and over): 770 mcg or 2565 IU * Lactation (14-18 years of age): 1200 mcg or 4000 IU (19 years of age and over): 1300 mcg or 4335 IU
Taking too much Vitamin A can limit your bones ability to heal when broken and can actually make them more fragile.
Women who are breastfeeding are usually given Vitamin A supplements to maintain strength in their bones during their "Milking Periods."