Beta Carotene:

Beta Carotene:

Beta carotene is a pigment that is colored reddish orange and is found in vegetables and fruits. It is also synthesized biochemically. Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A during digestion. Vitamin A is essential for the immune system, the eyes, skin, and mucus membranes. Beta carotene consists of carotenes, and terpenoids. They are found abundantly in foods that are yellow and orange in color. Foods like mangoes, pumpkin, carrots, papayas, sweet potatoes, apricots, peppers, and oregano. Beta carotene is an antioxidant and it inhibits the oxidation of cells due to the presence of free radicals. Dietary supplementation of beta carotene in people with diabetes might increase the oxidation of low-density cholesterol (LDL) leading to a delay in the development of atherosclerosis. For non-diabetics, an intake of serum vitamin A is known to reduce the risk of insulin resistance.

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