Beta-carotene is a member of the carotenoid family of plant pigments, which are responsible for the yellow, orange and red colours of certain fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is also known as pro-vitamin A, as it is converted by the body into vitamin A. Vitamin A only occurs in animal tissues (particularly liver, fish liver and dairy products), whereas beta-carotene occurs in plant tissues (particularly carrots).
What does Bio-Carotene do? Beta-carotene is converted in the intestinal mucosa into retinol (vitamin A). Beta-carotene and vitamin A contribute to the maintenance of normal immune function, normal vision and healthy skin.
About Pharma Nord Bio-Carotene Each Pharma Nord Bio-Carotene capsule contains 9mg of pure beta-carotene )equivalent to that contained in 4 large carrots) in a stable and readily absorbable form. Each Bio-Carotene capsule contains the vitamin A equivalent of 1500µg (approximately 180% of the Recommended Daily Allowance).
Bio-Carotene is manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control. The preparation is blister packed for maximum bio-availability.
Are there any adverse effects from taking Bio-Carotene Beta-carotene is generally well tolerated with a very low risk of toxicity. In contrast with vitamin A (excess intake of which may cause liver damage or birth defects), it is virtually impossible to overdose with beta-carotene, as the body eliminates any of the latter substance which is surplus to requirements.
No adverse effects have been reported in pregnant or lactating women taking up to 50, 000IU/day, and intakes up to 1000mg/kg body weight given to rats showed no long term toxic effects. Very high intake of beta-carotene (more than 100, 000IU/day) may cause areas of the skin to take on an orange tone, which is harmless. Patients with diabetes, renal or liver disease, or with hyperthyroidism should take beta-carotene with caution.
How much should you take? Pharma Nord recommends 1 capsule per day.
The generally recommended intake for beta-carotene is 25, 000IU (15mg)/day.
PHARMA NORD BIO-CAROTENE - 150 capsules
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