What other names is Beta-carotene known by?

A-Beta-Carotene, A-Bêta-Carotène, Beta Carotene, Bêta-Carotène, Bêta-Carotène Tout Trans, Beta-Caroteno, Carotenes, Carotènes, Carotenoids, Caroténoïdes, Caroténoïdes Mélangés, Mixed Carotenoids, Provitamin A, Provitamine A.

What is Beta-carotene?

Beta-carotene is a dietary source of vitamin A. It can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It can also be made in a laboratory.

Effective for...

  • Treating sun sensitivity in people who have a form of inherited blood disorder called "erythropoietic protoporphyria."

Possibly Effective for...

  • Reducing the risk of breast cancer in women before menopause when beta-carotene is consumed in the diet from fruits and vegetables.
  • Treating an eye disease called AMD (age-related macular degeneration) when used with other medicines.
  • A tongue disease called oral leukoplakia.
  • Preventing sunburn in people who are sun-sensitive. However, beta-carotene is unlikely to have much effect on sunburn risk in most people.
  • Preventing a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis from getting worse.
  • Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women.
  • Reducing the risk of pregnancy-related death, night blindness, and postpartum diarrhea and fever in underfed women.
  • Preventing exercise-induced asthma.
  • Preventing bronchitis and difficulty breathing in smokers.
  • Improving physical performance and strength in the elderly.

Possibly Ineffective for...

Likely Ineffective for...

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease.
  • Reducing the risk of cancer of the uterus, cervix, thyroid, bladder, brain, pancreas, and blood and skin cancers.
  • Reducing the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
  • Reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Taking beta-carotene supplements does not reduce the chance of getting prostate cancer in most men. There is some concern that beta-carotene supplements might actually increase the risk of prostate cancer in some men.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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