- What other names is Beta-carotene known by?
- What is Beta-carotene?
- How does Beta-carotene work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Beta-carotene.
- Treating sun sensitivity in people who have a form of inherited blood disorder called "erythropoietic protoporphyria."
Possibly Effective for...
- Reducing the risk of breast cancer in women before menopause when beta-carotene is consumed in the diet from fruits and vegetables.
- Treating an eye disease called AMD (age-related macular degeneration) when used with other medicines.
- A tongue disease called oral leukoplakia.
- Preventing sunburn in people who are sun-sensitive. However, beta-carotene is unlikely to have much effect on sunburn risk in most people.
- Preventing a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis from getting worse.
- Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women.
- Reducing the risk of pregnancy-related death, night blindness, and postpartum diarrhea and fever in underfed women.
- Preventing exercise-induced asthma.
- Preventing bronchitis and difficulty breathing in smokers.
- Improving physical performance and strength in the elderly.
Possibly Ineffective for...
- Reducing the risk of stroke in male smokers.
- Reducing the risk of cataracts or preventing cataracts from getting worse.
- Reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Likely Ineffective for...
- Reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Reducing the risk of cancer of the uterus, cervix, thyroid, bladder, brain, pancreas, and blood and skin cancers.
- Reducing the risk of lung cancer in smokers.
- Reducing the risk of prostate cancer. Taking beta-carotene supplements does not reduce the chance of getting prostate cancer in most men. There is some concern that beta-carotene supplements might actually increase the risk of prostate cancer in some men.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- AIDS, alcoholism, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer, depression, epilepsy, gastric cancer, headaches, heartburn, hypertension, infertility, pancreatic cancer, Parkinson's disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, side effects from chemotherapy, and other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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