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What Is alpha-Carotene?

alpha-Carotene is a member of the group of carotenoids. alpha-Carotene is the second most common form of carotene. The first is beta-carotene. alpha-Carotene and beta-carotene are provitamin A carotenoids.

It means that they can convert in the body to vitamin A. alpha-Carotene produces half the vitamin A that beta-carotene does.

The Three Most Common Carotenoids

alpha-Carotene is the second most common form of carotenoids. alpha-Carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin are all primarily regarded as precursors of vitamin A. (source đź——)

These three carotenoids are common in orange-, yellow-, and green colored fruits and vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, apricot, sweet potato, and beans. (source đź——)

alpha-Carotene In Food

The concentration of alpha-carotene is especially high in orange carrots and some varieties of squash and pumpkin. (source đź——)

If you are interested in a list of foods where you can find this nutrient. Go to our nutrition tool and check out alpha-carotene.

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