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Beta Carotene (carotenoids) has several functions and health benefits. The entire family of beta carotenes is found naturally in many vegetables and fruits. Specifically, beta carotene is found in dark orange or green vegetables and fruits. The difference between a dark orange carrot and a pale on is its carotene content. Unfortunately, due to food choices, many diets are lacking in these important nutrients. Beta and alpha carotene are precursors to vitamin A and act as antioxidant nutrients. They are the only carotenoids converted to appreciable amounts of vitamin A as required. Beta and alpha carotene are important to the health of the immune system, which provides resistance to infection. They are also necessary for the development and maintenance of healthy epithelial tissue and mucous membranes, such as the lining of the lungs, bronchi and other respiratory tissue. Epithelial tissue forms a barrier against bacteria and other foreign substances and aids directly in the prevention of infection and disease. Recently, much attention has been devoted to the entire family of carotenoids, including: alpha carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and capsanthin. Research has demonstrated that some of these carotenoids have significant antioxidant and protective benefits greater than beta carotene alone. Found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, Beta Carotene is famous for giving carrots a rich orange color. This provitamin A is part of the Carotenoid family and readily converts to Vitamin A in the system when needed. Beta Carotene is also an immune system enhancer and antioxidant. Solgar offers several different high quality beta carotene single or complex supplement products in either capsules and tablets, including dry forms.