Avivagen has unlocked β-carotene’s additional benefits by looking further into β-carotene’s natural tendency to oxidize in air. In air, beta-carotene combines with oxygen to form copolymers that partially break down into many small molecule compounds with various flavors and aromas. The result is a naturally formed product that provides health benefits, for example, immune function support. This is especially good news for farmers who can now include OxC-beta Livestock in their feed to optimize the health of their animals without the use of in-feed antibiotics.
Human clinical intervention trials testing high doses of supplemental beta carotene show significant increases in cancer incidence and mortality in heavy smokers and people exposed to asbestos. Many studies get underway to try and explain the negative outcome of the trials.
Although beta carotene is a source of vitamin A, the levels of the vitamin are tightly controlled in the body and we cannot explain the results. But what if beta carotene has an effect apart from being a source of vitamin A? From here, we wondered if beta carotene functions as an antioxidant.
Avivagen confirms that beta carotene oxidation products occur naturally, often in significant quantities. For example, in plant food products, and humans have safely ingested dietary beta carotene oxidation products over countless years. Studies confirm it is safe.