beta carotene

Pronunciation: (BAY-tuh KAYR-uh-teen)

A substance found in yellow and orange fruits and vegetables and in dark green, leafy vegetables. The body can make vitamin A from beta carotene. Beta carotene is being studied in the prevention of some types of cancer. It is a type of antioxidant.

Definition from: Cancer.gov

Date last modified: 2007-03-01