Monday, July 30, 2012

What is Beta Carotene? Its Advantages?

What is Beta Carotene?

Beta-carotene is one of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids. Beta-carotene and other carotenoids provide approximately 50% of the vitamin A needed in the American diet. Beta-carotene can be found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It can also be made in a laboratory.

Beta-carotene is used to decrease asthma symptoms caused by exercise; to prevent certain cancers, heart disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD); and to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, high blood pressure, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and skin disorders including psoriasis and vitiligo.

Beta-carotene is also in used in malnourished (underfed) women to reduce the chance of death and night blindness during pregnancy, as well as diarrhea and fever after giving birth.

Some people who sunburn easily, including those with an inherited disease called erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP), use beta-carotene to reduce the risk of sunburn.

There are many authorities – including the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the World Cancer Research Institute in association with the American Institute for Cancer Research, and the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer – that recommend getting beta-carotene and other antioxidants from food instead of supplements, at least until research finds out whether supplements offer the same benefits. Eating 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily provides 6-8 mg of beta-carotene.

How effective is it?

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate.

The effectiveness ratings for BETA-CAROTENE are as follows:

Effective for...

  • 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 fruits and vegetables containing beta-carotene are consumed. Beta-carotene seems to be especially effective for women who are at high risk of getting breast cancer, including those with a family history and those who use alcohol excessively.
  • Treating an eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) when used with other medicines. Taking 15 mg of beta-carotene by mouth along with 500 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin E, and 80 mg of elemental zinc daily, seems to help prevent vision loss and worsening of AMD in people with advanced AMD. There isn’t enough evidence to know if this combination works for people with less advanced macular disease.
  • Preventing sunburn in people who are sun sensitive. However, beta-carotene is unlikely to have much effect on sunburn risk in most people.
  • Keeping a form of arthritis called osteoarthritis from getting worse. But taking beta-carotene doesn’t seem to prevent osteoarthritis.
  • Preventing bronchitis and difficulty breathing in smokers. Beta-carotene from the diet seems to help, but beta-carotene supplements do not.
  • Reducing the risk of ovarian cancer in women after menopause.
  • Reducing the risk of pregnancy-related death, night blindness, and diarrhea and fever after delivery in underfed women.
  • Preventing asthma attacks triggered by exercise.
  • Treating a tongue disease called oral leukoplakia.
  • Improving physical performance and strength in the elderly.

Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, an essential nutrient. It has antioxidant activity, which helps to protect cells from damage.

Are there safety concerns?

Beta-carotene is LIKELY SAFE when used for certain specific medical conditions and taken in appropriate amounts. However, beta-carotene supplements are not recommended for general use.

Beta-carotene is POSSIBLY UNSAFE in high doses, especially when taken long-term. High doses of beta-carotene can turn skin yellow or orange.

There is growing concern that taking high doses of antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene might do more harm than good. Some research shows that taking high doses of beta-carotene supplements might increase the chance of death from all causes and possibly other serious side effects. There is also concern that taking large amounts of a multivitamin plus a separate beta-carotene supplement increases the chance of developing advanced prostate cancer in men.

Nutrilite Multi Carotene- A wonderful gift from Amway those who are in need of Carotenoid compounds

Nutrilite Multi Carotene

NUTRILITE Multi Carotene is a powerful, fat-soluble blend that contains all-natural carotenoid compounds from three concentrates : dunaliella salina algae , tomato and marigold flowers. Provides wide range of antioxidant activity and supports skin, eye & immunity health.

An exclusive blend that contains all-natural carotenoid compounds from three concentrates : dunaliella salina algae , tomato and marigold flowers.
Product Description
1) Per serving provides 1 mg of beta carotene ( from dunanliella salina algae) which is Vitamin A precursor that can be converted to vitamin A when needed. Vitamin A is a nutrient that promotes growth and repair of body tissues, bone formation, healthy skin ,hair & eye health. Beta carotene also has an antioxidant activity and supports counteract damage from free radicals.

2) Per serving provides 0.6 mg. Lycopene (from tomato extracts). Lycopene is an orange-red colored carotenoid that exhibits powerful anti-oxidant activity which helps prevent free radical damage.

3) Per serving provides 0.5 mg of Lutein (from marigold flowers). Lutein is concentrated in the macula of eye and provides antioxidant protection to retina.

It's much more like the mix of carotenoids found in fruits and vegetables than the isolated beta carotene in many supplements.


Nutrilite Multi Carotene contains a broad spectrum of natural carotenoids (Beta carotene, Lycopene & lutein) & other phytonutrients from several sources and therefore it is much more like the mix of carotenoids found in fruits & vegetables. This product can help you bridge the possible nutritional gaps in carotenoid intake and is intended for daily use to support skin health, eye health and to provide wide range of antioxidant activity. Betacarotene is a rich source of vitamin a and antioxidants such Vitamin A, Vitamin C & E together makes a great combination to scavenge the free radicals.
• Use Instruction
One Softgel per day after meals

Nutritional Information

Per Serving Per 100 gm
Energy 3.97 Kcal 662.66 Kcal

Protein 0.11 g 19.5 g

Fat 0.34 g 57.5 g

Carbohydrate 0.1 g 16.79 g

Beta carotene
from dunanliella salina
( algae) 1 mg 166 mg

Lycopene 6%
(from tomato extracts)
0.6 mg 100 mg

Lutein Esters
(from Marigold Flowers)
0.5 mg 83.3 g

MRP: 1299.00 INR for bottle
What is this Dunaliella salina?

Dunaliella salina is a single-celled, saltwater microalgae that accumulates massive amounts of carotenoids under appropriate growth conditions. It is characterized by its ability to accumulate very high concentrations of β-carotene. Concentrations of up to 14% of its dry weight have been reported (Aasen et al., 1969; Borowitzka, LJ et al., 1984). The green unicellular flagellate Dunaliella salina also accumulate very high concentrations of glycerol (Borowitzka, LJ and Brown, 1974; Borowitzka, LJ, 1981 b).

Dunaliella's rich beta carotene
Natural mixed carotenoids found in Dunaliella salina are among nature's best antioxidants, containing a variety of carotenoids such as β-carotene, α-carotene and xanthophylls like zeaxanthin, cryptoxanthin and lutein. Natural mixed carotenoids belong to a family of naturally occurring yellow, orange and red pigments, which are also found in various fruits, cruciferous, yellow and dark green vegetables and in abundance in certain microalgae.

Image of Dunaliella salina in Microscope

Friday, July 20, 2012

Nutrilite Range of Supplements for the optimal heath of Kids

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Nutrilite Kids Chewable Multivitamins and Minerals

A delicious natural flavoured supplement containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals for a healthy system, good vision, healthy teeth and strong bones.
this contains 60 tablets in a container. Kids at the age of 4-12 years can use this.

Nutrilite Glucose Health- A Healthy way for Healty Glucose levels

Nutrilite Glucose Health is a scientific formula of powerful nutrients that assist our body in the task of metabolizing and breaking down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins he components of a typical diet. This supplement in combination with a nutrious low calorie diet and moderate exercise help support not only good digestive health but will help you maintain healthy blood glucose levels that is already within a healthy range.
Nutrilite Glucose health is specially formulated from Chromium Picolinate, which is in excellent and most readily absorb able form of Chromium. This essential trace mineral is important for proper Glucose levels throughout the day. It helps minimize cravings after food and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels.this scientific formula also contains the blend of Garcinia cambogia, Gymnema sylvestra and Vanadium for theie beneficial effects on the metabolism of foods we eat.Exclusive Nutrilite parseley concentrates in the formula provide added benefits of phytonutrients.

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