Carotenes are particles in food that are changed into Vitamin A. The body determines itself when and how much this takes place. The most visible and recognizable of all of the Carotenes is Beta Carotene, which is the easiest to convert into Vitamin A. Beta Carotenes are found in a wide variety of foods. Carotenes act as antioxidants that help to prevent heart disease, eye malfunctions and cancer.
IN THE BODY
Carotenes are absorbed by bile acids and fat
If your diet does not have an ample amount of Carotenes, your risk of cancer and heart disease is greatly increased.
Vegetables and fruits (especially yellow, orange and green) such as: broccoli, carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach contain high amounts of natural Carotenes.
There is no such thing as too much Carotene, but the recommended dosage is about 25 mg.
As stated above, there is no such thing as too much Carotene. The only side effects of too much intake of Carotenes can be of strange occurrences during a woman’s menstrual cycle or some coloring of the skin. The effects can be reduced by simply eating less.
When given in supplement form, Beta Cartone can help to fight cancer or reduce the effects of heart disease. Carotene also helps to boost the immune system, which is helpful in the fighting of all infections and diseases. Like your mom used to say: "Eat your veggies and you won't get sick."
If you are a heavy smoker or drinker and you have a high intake of Carotene, your risk of cancer is greatly increased.