β-Carotene

Beta carotene is the molecule that gives carrots their orange color. It is part of a family of chemicals called the carotenoids, which are found in many fruit and vegetables, as well as some animal products such as egg yolks. Biologically, beta carotene is most important as the precursor of vitamin A. It also has antioxidant properties and may help in preventing cancer and other diseases.


Beta Carotene is also known as a provitamin because it can be converted in our body into vitamin A after oxidative cleavage by beta carotene 15, 150-dioxygenase. In plants, beta carotene acts as an anti-oxidant and neutralizes singlet oxygen radicals formed during photosynthesis.

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Basic Information:

Product Name: Beta-Carotene
Appearance: Orange Powder
CAS NO: 7235-40-7
Molecular formula: C40H56
Molecular weight: 536.8726
Melting point: 178-179℃
Flashing point: 103℃
EINECS: 230-636-6
Specification: 1%;10%;20%;30%,50%,90%;99%
Testing Method: HPLC

Function:

1. Beta Carotene is an antioxidant and therefore may offer some protection against certain cancers and other diseases.

2. Beta Carotene is a naturally occurring substance present in green and yellow fruits and vegetables.

3. Beta Carotene is converted into vitamin A in the body and beta carotene is used as a vitamin supplement to prevent or treat vitamin A deficiency.

4. Beta Carotene can help prevent or treat reactions to the sun in some specific groups of patients.

Application:

1. Medical Purpose

Beta Carotene is recognized to have functions of anti-oxidation, anti-tumor, caducity resistance, etc., for instance, beta carotene can improve the immunity of AIDS patients.

2. Food Additive

Beta Carotene besides caducity resistance and immunity improvement, beta carotene is also an important pigment and confirmed as a nutritious food additive. Beta Carotene can be used as intensifying agent for lipid foods such as margarine salad oil and benne oil to help beta carotene absorption by the human body.

3. Cosmetics

Beta Carotene extractives contain the abundant amino acid, vitamin, natural wet factor, microelement, and other bioactive substances, and cosmetics (lipstick, kermes, etc.) added with beta carotene present natural and full color and luster and protect the skin.

4. Forage Additive

Beta Carotene can improve the growth rate and flesh quality of animals, reproductivity of cattle, horse, and pig, color and luster of redfish and shrimp, and darken the color of bird’s egg.

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