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Beta Carotene

Beta carotene
Beta carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables.
The name beta carotene comes from the Greek "beta" and Latin "carota" (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors.

Here are some key points about beta carotene:

- Beta carotene is a red/orange pigment found in many fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Beta carotene is converted into vitamin A, an essential vitamin.
- Vitamin A is toxic at high levels.
- Beta carotene is a carotenoid and an antioxidant.
- Foods rich in vitamin A include onions, carrots, peas, spinach and squash.
- One study showed that smokers with high beta carotene intake might have an increased risk of lung cancer.
- Some evidence suggests that beta carotene might slow cognitive decline.
- Beta carotene supplements interact with certain drugs, including statins and mineral oil.
- Beta carotene might help older people retain their lung strength as they age.

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