What does beta carotene treat?

Beta-carotene is used to promote vitamin A production in the body when a diet is poor in whole, plant-based foods, such as whole fruits and vegetables. A lack of vitamin A may cause a rare condition called night blindness (problems seeing in the dark). It may also cause dry eyes, eye infections, skin problems and slowed growth. Your health care professional may treat these problems by prescribing either beta-carotene, which your body can change into vitamin A, or vitamin A for you.

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