Who should take beta-carotene?

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Beta-carotene, as a supplement, may be recommended if your doctor believes that you are deficient in vitamin A. Beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A (retinol) by the body. Vitamin A is needed for good vision and eye health, for a strong immune system and for healthy skin and mucus membranes. Do not take this supplement without seeking out the advice of a physician first. Your doctor may recommend that you find ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet.