Suports skin, mucous membranes and vision
- Pure betacarotene in an easily digestible and stable form - the natural precursor of vitamin A
- 1 Provitamin A for the maintenance of normal skin, vision and mucous membranes
- 2 With natural vitamin E who contributes to cell protection against oxidative stress
- Manufactured under Danish pharmaceutical control
- Please note that this is a Dutch package
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|1 capsule contains:||% RDA*|
|1 Betacarotene||6 mg||**|
|2 Vitamin E as d-a-tocopherol||10 mg||83%|
* RDA = Recommended Daily Allowance.
** RDA not established.
1 capsule daily, unless otherwise advised. Do not chew the capsule but swallow it whole, preferably during/after a meal. Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage.
At a dosage of 3 capsules per day or higher a tanning of the skin may occur.
Long-term use of high doses (5 capsules per day) is not recommended for heavy smokers
Dietary supplements should not replace a varied diet.
A healthy lifestyle and a varied balanced diet are important for maintaining good health.
Bulking agent: Soybean oil,
Capsule shell: Gelatin,
Partially hydrogenated soybean oil,
d-a-tocopherol (vitamin E),
Thickening agent: Silicon dioxide.
Dark, dry and at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of young children.
What is Bio-Carotene?
Bio-Carotene are small capsules with pure betacarotene equivalent to 1500 μg vitamin A. This dose is about 188% of the RDA level (Recommended Daily Allowance) for betacarotene. Bio-Carotene is manufactured in a way where betacarotene is mixed into an oil matrix that keeps it stable and increases bioavailability. In fact, studies document that betacarotene in supplement form has better bioavailability than when you get it from vegetables.
Bio-Carotene also contains natural vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol. For optimal absorption in the body Bio-Carotene should be taken with a meal.
What is betacarotene?
Betacarotene belongs to a group of yellow and red plant compounds with a coloring effect. Betacarotene is the substance that provides carrots, among others, with their orange color. Betacarotene is also a pro-vitamin that gets converted into vitamin A in the amounts needed by the body. In some parts of the world, betacarotene is the major source of vitamin A. Vitamin A also contributes to normal cell division and it is necessary for normal functioning of the immune system.
Betacarotene and vitamin A
Betacarotene is a good vegetable source of vitamin A. Betacarotene is fat-soluble and is therefore absorbed more readily when ingested with some kind of fat. When betacarotene gets converted into vitamin A it contributes to maintaining normal skin and mucous membranes. It is of importance for normal cell division and immune function. Moreover, it helps to maintain normal vision.
Ingestion of food and dietary supplements with large quantities (30 mg or more) of betacarotene may provide the skin with a harmless yellowish color that some people find attractive. The color is a result of betacarotene accumulating in the subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis), mainly on the hands and feet. This color vanishes as soon as the intake of betacarotene is reduced.
Betacarotene and smokers
In some countries dietary supplements containing betacarotene must carry a warning for smokers, telling them not to use the product. This warning is based on research showing that large doses of beta-carotene taken by heavy smokers may increase their risk of lung cancer.
There is no evidence suggesting that betacarotene supplements are harmful for non-smokers.
In addition, there is no reason to fear getting too much vitamin A from betacarotene, as the body stops converting it once its stores are saturated.
Good betacarotene sources
Betacarotene occurs naturally in several different foods, some of the best sources being:
- green vegetables
- bell pepper
The betacarotene content in vegetables may vary quite a lot, depending on factors like the soil they were cultivated in, fertilizers, wind, weather conditions, and the subsequent treatment of the crop.
What is Vitamin E?
Bio-Carotene contains natural vitamin E as d-alpha-tocopherol. Alpha tocopherol is the preferred and most active type of E-vitamin in the body. Like betacarotene, vitamin E is a fat-soluble substance. The main effect of vitamin E is its role as an antioxidant as vitamin E inhibits the oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids. Vitamin E supports the protection of the body's cells against oxidative stress. The need for vitamin E is proportionally related to the intake of poly-unsaturated fatty acids.
- Wheat germ oil
- Almonds, nuts
- Fat dairy products
- Green vegetables
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the evidence behind betacarotene and has acknowledged the following claims:
Betacarotene (vitamin A)
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and mucous membranes
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
- Contributes to normal function of the immune system
- Contributes to normal iron metabolism
- Has a role in the process of cell specialisation
- Contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress