Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dog Supplement NuVet ingredient - Beta-Carotene

BETA-CAROTENE - The name "carotene" was first used in the early 19th Century by a scientist named Wachenroder after he discovered he could make a compound from crystallized carrot roots. Beta-carotene is a member of the carotenoids, which are highly pigmented (orange, red, yellow). Fat-soluble compounds are naturally present in many fruits, grains, oils, and vegetables (carrots, green plants, squash, spinach, apricots, and peppers). Alpha, beta, and gamma carotene are considered pro-vitamins because they can be changed to active vitamin A. The precursor to Vitamin A becomes a powerful free radical scavenger in the body. Vitamin A is essential in skeletal growth, testicular and ovarian function, embryonic development, and differentiation of tissues. It is crucial for proper eye function and possible cataract reduction. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy skin and mucous membranes, the body’s first line of defense against invading microorganisms and toxins, and promotes the immune response. Beta-Carotene and Vitamin A destroy carcinogens (cancer-causing agents), guards against heart disease and stroke, and lowers cholesterol.

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