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A-Beta-Carotene, A-Bêta-Carotène, Bêta-Carotène, Bêta-Carotène Tout Trans, Beta-Caroteno, Carotenes, Carotènes, Carotenoids, Caroténoïdes, Caroténoïdes Mélangés, Mixed Carotenoids, Provitamin A, Provitamine A.
CAUTION: See separate listings for Astaxanthin and Vitamin A.

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Orally, beta-carotene is used for reducing photosensitivities, including erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) and polymorphous light eruption. Beta-carotene is also used orally for decreasing exercise-induced asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and to reduce the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, cataracts, and age related macular degeneration (AMD). Additionally, beta-carotene is used to treat AIDS, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, depression, epilepsy, headache, heartburn, hypertension, infertility, Parkinson's disease, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, schizophrenia, and vitiligo.

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