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.
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The Three Most Common Carotenoids
These three carotenoids are common in orange-, yellow-, and green colored fruits and vegetables such as carrot, pumpkin, apricot, sweet potato, and beans. (source 🗗)
alpha-Carotene In Food
The concentration of alpha-carotene is especially high in orange carrots and some varieties of squash and pumpkin. (source 🗗)
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