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Beta-carotene

Product Name: Beta-carotene
Botanical Source: Carrots and colorful vegetables
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Appearance: Orange to Dark Red fine powder or granule.

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Beta-carotene

Description

β-Carotene is a strongly-colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. It is an organic compound and  chemically is classified as a hydrocarbon and specifically as a terpenoid (isoprenoid), reflecting its derivation from isoprene units. β-Carotene is biosynthesized from geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate. It is a member of the carotenes, which are tetraterpenes, synthesized biochemically from eight isoprene units and thus having 40 carbons. Among this general class of carotenes, β-carotene is distinguished by having beta-rings at both ends of the molecule. Absorption of β-carotene is enhanced if eaten with fats, as carotenes are fat soluble.

Carotene is the substance in carrots that colours them orange and is the most common form of carotene in plants. When used as a food colouring, it has the E number E160a.The structure was deduced by Karrer et al. in 1930. In nature, β-carotene is a precursor (inactive form) to vitamin A via the action of beta-carotene 15,15'-monooxygenase.Isolation of β-carotene from fruits abundant in carotenoids is commonly done using column chromatography. The separation of β-carotene from the mixture of other carotenoids is based on the polarity of a compound. β-Carotene is a non-polar compound, so it is separated with a non-polar solvent such as hexane.Being highly conjugated, it is deeply coloured, and as a hydrocarbon lacking functional groups, it is very lipophilic

Beta-carotene

Main Function

1. Beta carotene is an antioxidant

Beta carotene, like all carotenoids, is an antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules; it protects the body from free radicals.

Some studies have suggested that those who consume at least four daily servings of beta carotene rich fruits and/or vegetables have a lower risk of developing cancer or heart disease.

2. Beta carotene may slow down cognitive decline

3. Beta carotene keeps lungs healthy as people age

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