|1 capsule contains:||% RI*|
|or Vitamin A||1500 µg RE||188%|
* Reference Intake
** Percentage of the daily Reference Intake
1 capsule daily, unless otherwise advised. Do not chew the capsule but swallow it whole, preferably during/after a meal.
Observe the recommended daily dosage.
At a dosage of 3 capsules per day or higher a tanning of the skin may occur.
Long-term use of high doses (5 capsules per day) is not recommended for heavy smokers
A healthy lifestyle and a varied balanced diet are important for maintaining good health.
Bulking agent: soybean oil, capsule shell: cow gelatin, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, humectant: glycerol, vitamin A: betacarotene, thickening agent: silica.
Dark, dry and at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of young children.
Dietary supplements should not replace a varied diet.
What is Bio-Carotene?
Bio-Carotene are small capsules with 9 mg pure betacarotene equivalent to 1500 µg retinol equivalents. This dose is about 188% of the daily reference intake level for betacarotene. Bio-Carotene is manufactured in a way where betacarotene is mixed into an oil matrix that keeps it stable and increases bio-availability. In fact, studies document that betacarotene in supplement form has better bio-availability than when you get it from vegetables.
For optimal absorption in the body Bio-Carotene should be taken with a meal.
What is betacarotene?
Betacarotene belongs to a group of yellow and red plant compounds with a coloring effect. Betacarotene is the substance that provides carrots, among others, with their orange color. Betacarotene is also a pro-vitamin that gets converted into vitamin A in the amounts needed by the body. In some parts of the world, betacarotene is the major source of vitamin A. Vitamin A also contributes to normal cell division and it is necessary for normal functioning of the immune system.
Betacarotene and vitamin A
Betacarotene is a good vegetable source of vitamin A. Betacarotene is fat-soluble and is therefore absorbed more readily when ingested with some kind of fat. When betacarotene gets converted into vitamin A it contributes to maintaining normal skin and mucous membranes. It is of importance for normal cell division and immune function. Moreover, it helps to maintain normal vision.
Ingestion of food and dietary supplements with large quantities (30 mg or more) of betacarotene may provide the skin with a harmless yellowish color that some people find attractive. The color is a result of betacarotene accumulating in the subcutaneous tissue (hypodermis), mainly on the hands and feet. This color vanishes as soon as the intake of betacarotene is reduced.
Betacarotene and smokers
In some countries dietary supplements containing betacarotene must carry a warning for smokers, telling them not to use the product. This warning is based on research showing that large doses of beta-carotene taken by heavy smokers may increase their risk of lung cancer.
There is no evidence suggesting that betacarotene supplements are harmful for non-smokers.
In addition, there is no reason to fear getting too much vitamin A from betacarotene, as the body stops converting it once its stores are saturated.
Good betacarotene sources
Betacarotene occurs naturally in several different foods, some of the best sources being:
- green vegetables
- bell pepper
The betacarotene content in vegetables may vary quite a lot, depending on factors like the soil they were cultivated in, fertilizers, wind, weather conditions, and the subsequent treatment of the crop.
The EU Food Safety Agency (EFSA) has evaluated the evidence behind the product's content of betacarotene and has acknowledged the following statements:
Betacarotene (vitamin A)
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal skin and sucous membranes
- Contributes to the maintenance of normal vision
- Contributes to normal function of the immune system
- Contributes to normal iron metabolism
- Has a role in the process of cell specialisation