Beta Carotene



The difference between Vitamin A and Beta Carotene

Vitamin A was first recognised as an essential nutritional factor by Elmer McCollum in 1915 and later isolated from fish liver oils. There are two natural forms: Vitamin A1 (Retinol) and Vitamin A2. Beta carotene is a precursor of vitamin A, found in plants. It is enzymatically converted to vitamin A in the body as it is required. Beta carotene is considered safer than taking vitamin A because the body only converts the amount it needs at any point in time.

Many people such as vegetarians rely almost solely on beta carotene for their vitamin A requirements.

How it works in our bodies

Beta carotene that is not required to be converted into vitamin A circulates in the blood, acting as a powerful anti-oxidant and free radical scavenger. Beta carotene and other carotenoids contribute to the health-keeping benefits of a diet high in fruit and vegetables. Beta carotene and/or vitamin A have many roles in:

• Protecting cells against free radical damage through anti-oxidant action (pollution etc.) and promoting a healthy immune system;
• Formation of blood, bones and teeth;
• Normal vision;
• Helping optimise skin and eye health;
• Supporting the immune system of people who smoke or who drink alcohol; and
• Helping those who are convalescing.

Vitamin A is easily used up by the acids and oxidants in smog and cigarette smoke, so it is vital to get optimum amounts daily. Beta carotene has an important antioxidant function: it scavenges free radicals. One significant characteristic of the fat-soluble vitamins is that they can be stored in the body in large amounts, so that the effects of their deficiency in the diet may not manifest for many months.

Best natural sources of Vitamin A & Beta carotene

Vitamin A: Fish liver oil, liver, eggs, dairy products and margarine.
Beta Carotene: Carrots and other fruits and vegetables (particularly those which are orange, red or yellow).

Food State Beta Caroteneconsists of beta carotene combined with natural carrot concentrate. This means that it is presented to the body in the same way as it would be in food, but in a more concentrated form.

Research and studies
Food State Beta Carotene is better absorbed than isolated beta carotene and has a better conversion ratio to vitamin A when needed than isolated beta carotene.

Contains 60 tablets



Nutrient Per tablet %RDA
Beta Carotene 4.5mg
RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance
* = no RDA

Suggested Intake: 1-2 tablets daily, or take as directed by a practitioner.
Suitable for: Vegetarians, vegans and for people with Candida and yeast sensitivities.
Contraindications: A daily dose of more than 7mg of beta carotene should not be taken by heavy smokers
Non-Active Ingredients: Vegetable stearic acid & vegetable zein
Non GM & Free From: wheat; starch, gluten; lactose; soy; added colourings, sweeteners & preservatives.
Storage: Keep cool, dry & out of direct sunlight.