“I am an ambulance driver and paramedic, and I normally work night shifts. I found that I was squinting and straining my eyes to see at night so I thought that I needed get glasses, but they did not help. I asked my doctor what I can do to improve it and they suggested to eat foods that are rich in beta-carotene and they gave me a list. Unfortunately, it was really hard for me to eat all these vegetables because of my job, so I found beta-carotene supplementation from Vitadeals website. I have noticed a big improvement, and now I dont feel so tired or stressed when driving.” – by Joseph K, Jurong West, Singapore.
Beta-carotene is the red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and brightly colored vegetables. Beta-carotene is a lipid-soluble precursor of vitamin A (retinol) and is converted to this form in the intestines by enzymes. It is not stored in the liver unlike retinol, attributing to its safer use. Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant which helps protect the body against oxidation free radicals which damage cells and DNA. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of antioxidants in the diet lowers the risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
The most important health benefits of beta-carotene are:
- Vegetable-based, safer form of Vitamin A compared to retinol
- Helpful in improving eyesight and prevent eye disease
- Improves cardiovascualr health & immune function
- Improves skin texture and helps treat acne
Beta-carotene is not the only form of vitamin A that is available. Retinol is pure vitamin A and unlike beta-carotene, comes mainly from animal sources. It is a very potent type of vitamin A and as a result, can lead to potentially harmful side effects if being taken. Beta-carotene is the mildest form of vitamin A and is therefore the safest way to get vitamin A in your body ,as it does not accumulate in the liver or get stored for long periods of time. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene combats the oxidation of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and prevents the development of atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. Studies have shown that people suffering from vitamin A deficiency suffer from more eye disease such as corneal ulcers and decreased visual acuity. Beta-carotene helps combat this, as well as lowering the risk of developing macular degeneration. Beta-carotene activates the thymus gland, a gland that plays an important role in immunity by stimulating immune cells to be more active. Therefore, the body is better equipped at handling infections and defending against cancers. Studies have showing that vitamin A deficiency is associated with an increased risk of cancers such as breast, colon and lung cancers.