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Beta carotene

Aside from turning vegetables and fruits pretty colors, beta-carotene is a great source of vitamin A because the body will only convert as much beta-carotene to vitamin A as it needs.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: August 9, 2016

Overview

Beta-carotene is a type of highly colored pigment that's also called a "provitamin" because it's converted to vitamin A in the body.

Aside from turning vegetables and fruits pretty colors, beta-carotene is a great source of vitamin A because the body will only convert as much beta-carotene to vitamin A as it needs, safely excreting the rest.

How much you should have: There are no specific requirements for beta-carotene, though the body requires vitamin A in varying amounts: 400 mg/day for infants, 600 mg/day for adult men, 700 mg/day for women, 750 mg/day for pregnant women and 1,300 mg/day for nursing women.

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