Beta-carotene is a vitamin with many beneficial properties and for this reason it is increasingly used, gaining a leading role as a precious ally for our body. Beta-carotene is in fact able to counteract the free radicals responsible for cellular aging, to stimulate melanin and promote tanning by protecting the skin from sunlight, protecting the system cardiovascular and much more.
Beta-carotene is a “carotenoid”, which is a vegetable pigment that can be yellow , red or orange and is a precursor of vitamin A. That means that when needed it can convert into vitamin A. It doesn’t absorb well in the intestine but you can aid this by eating with oil,
The beta- carotene is contained in green leafy vegetables and in orange, yellow and red fruits and vegetables.
It is found in fruits such as peach, melon, apricot, mango and vegetables such as carrots, peppers, pumpkin but also peas, spinach and and parsley.
The food which, however, contains the highest concentration of beta-carotene is an alga, or the spirulina..
Beta-carotene is essential for the well-being of our organism and from a nutritional point of view. First of all it is a powerful antioxidant , which means alarming that it is able to slow down skin aging as it fights free radicals. It also has anticancer properties and can strenghten the immune system. It is also important above all for the well-being of the skin, hair and bones.
For these reasons the World Health Organization which recommends taking five servings a day of fruit and vegetables, if you do that the transformation of beta-carotene into vitamin A is guaranteed, with beneficial effects.
Excessive intake of beta-carotene can cause changes in the colour of the skin which has an orange tinge, but that should disappear simply by decreasing the doses of beta-carotene.