beta-carotene - C4OH56 - Vitamins are compounds that you must have for growth and health. They are needed in small amounts only and are usually available in the foods that you eat. Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy eyes and skin.

How is it good for the body? What happens if too much or too little is in you? If you take in too much of it, it becomes just a host for a virus to build up in your body. It strengthens your immune system. It also strengthens CD4 cells. Having too much also helps you to absorb more vitamin E.

What type of chemical is it? It’s a vitamin. Formally known as vitamin A.

What type of foods mainly carry this ingredient? Fruits, grains, oils, and vegetables contain this vitamin. It’s the main cause of what makes them turn to the colors red, orange, and yellow.

How does it chemically react with the body? It converts foods nutrition into vitamin A, we need vitamin A for healthy eyes and skin.

What systems are affected? Too much intake of this vitamin causes a weakened immune system.
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http://www.thebody.com/content/art1858.html
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-betacarotene.html
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601461
http://www.laskerfoundation.org/awards/library/sommer/lumin_asgl.html

-Marshall Johnston