Definition: A carotenoid found in colorful fruits and vegetables, especially orange, dark green and yellow vegetables.
Beta-carotene, along with fellow carotenoids alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin, is a precursor of vitamin A; your body converts it to a form of vitamin A called retinol.
While all three carotenoids can be converted to vitamin A, your body is most efficient converting beta-carotene.
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