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Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, meaning that it’s part of a group of plant pigments that have a large amount of antioxidants. It can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Specific foods that have high beta-carotene levels are carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale and cantaloupe. Once those foods are consumed, the carotenoid is quickly converted into vitamin A. It can promote good vision, a strong immunity and overall good health.

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Beta-carotene has become popular because it’s an antioxidant that is known to protect cells from damage. Researchers have also found that people who eat foods that are rich in beta-carotene have a lower risk of some cancers and heart disease. Doctors also use beta-carotene to decrease asthma symptoms, prevent ovarian and breast cancer, heart disease, cataracts and lung disease. It has also been known to help with treating sun sensitivity for those who have an inherited blood disorder called erythropoietic protoporphyria.

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Source: WebMD and National Institutes of Health