Beta Carotene: What you need to know about the pigment

You might have come across the term Beta Carotene at one point or the other. It is a red or orange pigment found in plants and fruits. It is mostly found in food items such as carrots and similar colourful vegetables.

Although Beta Carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, it usually gets converted to Vitamin A which is essential for your body. Some studies have shown that intake of Beta Carotene can slow the cognitive decline and also aid old people in keeping their lungs stronger.

Another major benefit of Beta Carotene is that it is an anti-oxidant. It protects the body from the free radicals and in turn, lowers the risk of developing cancer and heart diseases as well.

Apart from Carrots, food items like apricots, broccoli, Chinese cabbage, onions, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkins, spinach, squash and sweet potatoes are rich in Beta Carotene.

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