Beta-carotene is one of a group of natural chemicals known as carotenes or caroteniods. It is a red-orange pigment that is found in a wide range of fruits and vegetables.
Beta-carotene is converted in the body to Vitamin A. Plant carotenoids are the primary source of Vitamin A world-wide.
Carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, lettuce, brocolli, apricots, mango, kale, tomato juice, papaya, orange and asparagus are some of the fruits and vegetables that are good sources of beta-carotene. Steaming or lightly cooking vegetables can help the absorption process in the body.
Beta-carotene is useful in preventing night blindness and also lowering bad cholesterol levels.
Crude palm oil contains one of the highest levels of Beta-carotene known to man, although this is usually processed out before being sold.
Beta-carotene also acts as a powerful anti-oxidant to help clean up free radicals.
A one year supply of Vitamin A is stored in the livers of healthy adults.