Brand Names : Lumitene, Max-Caro
- Nutritional supplement, vitamin
are compounds that you must
have for growth and
health. They are needed in small amounts only and are usually available in
the foods that you eat. Beta-carotene (bay-ta-KARE-oh-teen) is converted in the body to vitamin
A, which is necessary for healthy eyes and skin.
A lack of vitamin A may cause a rare condition called night blindness
(problems seeing in the dark). It may also cause dry eyes, eye infections,
skin problems, and slowed growth. Your health care professional may treat
these problems by prescribing either beta-carotene, which your body can change
into vitamin A, or vitamin A for you.
Some conditions may increase your need for vitamin A. These include:
Increased need for vitamin A should be determined by your health care
Claims that beta-carotene is effective as a sunscreen have not been proven.
Although beta-carotene supplements are being studied for their ability to
reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and possibly heart disease, there
is not enough information to show that this is effective.
Beta-carotene may be used to treat other conditions as determined by your
Beta-carotene is available without a prescription in the following dosage
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Chewable tablets (Canada)
Importance of Diet
It is documented that people who consume diets high in fruits and vegetables
have a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Fruits and vegetables
are rich in beta-carotene and other nutrients that may be beneficial.
Beta-carotene is found in carrots; dark-green leafy vegetables, such as
spinach and green leaf lettuce; sweet potatoes; broccoli; cantaloupe; and
winter squash. The body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A. Ordinary cooking
does not destroy beta-carotene.
Vitamins alone will not take the place of a good diet and will not provide
energy. Your body needs other substances found in food, such as protein, minerals,
carbohydrates, and fat. Vitamins themselves often cannot work without the
presence of other foods. For example, some fat is needed so that beta-carotene
can be absorbed into the body.
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
Generic name product may be available in the U.S. and Canada.