Beta-carotene a type of carotenoid which is converted to vitamin A in the liver (beta-carotene is actually two molecules of vitamin A joined together). This vitamin strengthens your immune system, helps you see better in dim light, reduces inflammation and it keeps your skin healthy.
Being a carotenoid, beta-carotene contains powerful antioxidant properties that reduces the risk of cancer and heart problems by fighting off free radicals. It does this by entering the cell membrane and waits there to neutralise free radicals that might approach. Vegetables and fruits that are rich in beta-carotene are loaded with heaps of additional antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, as well as other protective compounds.
Dark green, leafy vegetables are rich in beta carotene, but the usual orange colour is masked by the chlorophyll, the green pigment in vegetables. Beta-carotene be found in carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, melon, peaches, spinach, and egg yolk.