alpha carotene


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alpha carotene

A carotenoid abundant in carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe, which has vitamin A and immunostimulatory activity. Alpha carotene reduces cancer cell growth in vitro; increased alpha carotene consumption was associated with a reduced risk of death in one study.

alpha carotene

Nutrition A carotenoid abundant in carrots, sweet potatoes, cantalope, which has vitamin A and immunostimulatory activity; AC consumption is linked to ↓ risk of lung CA and cancer cell growth in vitro. See Carotenoid.