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Vitamin A and other carotenes

Carotenes are powerful antioxidants found on plants and vegetables. Studies show that Alpha Carotene may have as much as ten times the protective effect of beta carotene in certain tissues and organs. Beta Carotene is also called Vitamin A and Retinol. Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, so is absorbed wit fats. Retinol Vitamin A comes from animal food sources and is stored in the body. Beta-carotene Vitamin A comes from both plant and animal sources, and is not stored in the body. Beta-carotene is also called provitamin A. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant and immune system booster, working directly at the cellular level to combat free radicals that damage cells and promote disease. Studies show that people who have diets rich in beta-carotene have less cancer and coronary heart disease. Retinol Vitamin A benefits your vision, tissues, skin, teeth, hair, nails and bones in many ways.

Some Vitamin A and carotene functions

Vitamin A, as beta-carotene neutralises free oxygen radicals, acting as an antioxidant. It also prevents LDL (bad cholesterol) from harming the heart and coronary blood vessels, protect against lung cancer, breast, bladder, prostate and digestive tract. By inhibiting abnormal cell growth, it reduces the chances of cancer. It strengthens the immune system, and aids and fortifies cellular functions. Its antioxidant properties help prevent heart disease and reduce risk of heart attack and stroke

Vitamin A  as retinol form plays a major role in vision, the maintenance of epithelial tissue (the outermost layer of cells of the skin and eyes and the lining of the respiratory, reproductive and gastrointestinal tracts), and bone growth.

Usage Guidelines

The retinol RDA is 5000 IU. Higher doses of retinol, 20,000-25,000, for periods of 8-12 months can produce toxicity symptoms (blurred vision, pain in the bones and joints, headaches, dry skin, and a poor appetite).

Beta-carotene recommended daily allowance is 10,000 - 25,000 IU. The body does not store this form of Vitamin A, so dosages up to 100,000 IU do not cause toxicity. Higher dosages can cause the palms and soles to turn an orange colour which disappears when the dose is lowered.

Natural Sources

Dark green leafy vegetables and yellow, orange or red fruits and vegetables all contain carotenes: sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, broccoli, spinach, lettuce, fish liver oils, liver, kale, turnip greens, squash, tomatoes, pumpkin, peaches, mangoes, apricots, milk and dairy products.

AIM Just Carrots®

Beta carotene  is a potent antioxidant. AIM Just Carrots® has one of the  highest sources of natural beta carotene - up to 700 percent of the  U.S. government's Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Drinking one  glass of AIM Just Carrots® provides you with 35,000 International  Units of beta carotene.

Lycopene . . .

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