Kura Beta Carotene
STRENGTH: 25,000 IU
Beta-carotene has been shown to prevent night blindness and other eye problems.
Beta-carotene is a carotenoid pigment precursor to the essential fat soluble Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is one of those nutrients that is important in our diet because it performs so many needed functions that help to maintain our health. Beta-carotene has been shown to prevent night blindness and other eye problems, and is used today to treat some skin disorders, such as acne. Beta-carotene also performs functions in the body that may help to prevent artery blockages, and may lower the risk of heart disease. Some studies show that vitamin A may also lower the risk of developing cancer, by inhibiting degenerate cell proliferation. Beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant, and because of this it is important in slowing down the aging process. It is necessary for new cell growth and helps to protect against cancer and other cellular anomalies that are genetic, or that are caused by free radicals. And since protein cannot be utilized by the body without the presence of Beta-carotene, it is also very important in the healing process. The largest organ in the body `the skin` needs Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) to retain moisture, which helps keep it healthy and smooth. A deficiency may be the culprit if you have chronic dry hair or skin, dryness of the conjunctiva or cornea and slow growth during childhood.
Sub clinical dietary deficiencies are probably more common than we realize due to the poor dietary habits that we find prevalent in todays society. Recent studies have shown that men who have a deficiency of Vitamin A may run a higher risk of developing prostate cancer. Other deficiencies may show up as abscesses in the ears; insomnia; fatigue; reproductive difficulties; sinusitis, pneumonia, frequent colds, respiratory infections; skin disorders (including acne) and weight loss. So, taking Beta-carotene may protect against problems with the bones and teeth, and the immune system by protecting against colds, influenza, infections of the kidneys, bladder, lungs and other mucous membranes.
Rock CL. Carotenoids: biology and treatment. Pharmacol Ther 1997;75:185-97.