Shaklee CarotoMax® blends five potent antioxidant carotenoids: Alpha Carotene, Beta Carotene, Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin. The carotenoids in CarotoMax® are powerful, fat-soluble antioxidants that have been implicated in the long-term health of the eyes, prostate, cervix, lungs and heart. Research also suggests that arotenoids, working together, support a strong immune system.
Potent Protection of Cells from the Inside*
Achieve an enhanced level of antioxidant protection with Shaklee CARATOMAX. Shaklee harnesses the antioxidant protection found in fruits, vegetables, and other plants by isolating and delivering more potent forms of natural flavonoids and carotenoids.*
The average daily intake of the carotenoids lutein, lycopene and beta carotene is only 8 mg – CarotoMax provides over 13 mg of these highly beneficial carotenoids
Helps maintain overall wellness and longterm health of the eyes*
Fat-soluble, so it normally gathers in the organs of the body
Contains unique concentrated extracts from tomatoes, Grapeseed Extract, Brocoli Sprouts Extract, Corn Oil, oil of palm and marigold, among others
Carotenoid Content Equivalency in CarotoMax
- Beta carotene 102 servings of Bananas
- Lycopene 714 servings of Apricots
- Lutein and Zeaxanthin 285 servings of pink grapefruit
- Alpha carotene 89 servings of Raspberries
Serving Size : 1 Capsule per day
* This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases.
- Beta-carotene is a type of pigment found in plants, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene is derived from the Latin name for carrot. It gives yellow and orange fruits and vegetables their rich hues. Beta-carotene is also used as a coloring agent for foods such as margarine.
- 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.
- While large amounts of vitamin A in supplement form can be toxic, the body will convert only as much vitamin A from beta-carotene as it needs. That means beta-carotene is considered a safe source of vitamin A.
- However, too much beta-carotene can be dangerous for people who smoke. (Getting high amounts of either vitamin A or beta-carotene through your diet -- not from supplements -- is safe.)
- Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. It protects the body from damaging molecules called free radicals. Free radicals cause damage to cells through a process known as oxidation. Over time, this damage can lead to a number of chronic illnesses. There is good evidence that getting more antioxidants through your diet helps boost your immune system, protect against free radicals, and may lower your risk of two types of chronic illness -- heart disease and cancer. But the issue is a little murkier when it comes to taking antioxidant supplements.
- Population based studies suggest that people who eat 4 or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene may reduce their risk of developing heart disease or cancer. Foods rich in beta-carotene include those that are orange or yellow, such as peppers, squashes, and carrots.
- However, a few studies indicate that people who take beta-carotene supplements may be at increased risk for conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Researchers think that may be because the sum total of all the nutrients you eat in a healthy, balanced diet offer more protection than beta-carotene supplements alone.
- There is also some evidence that when smokers and people who are exposed to asbestos take beta-carotene supplements, their risk of lung cancer goes up. For now, smokers should avoid taking beta-carotene supplements.
Studies suggest that high doses of beta-carotene may decrease sensitivity to the sun. People with erythropoietic protoporphyria, a rare genetic condition that causes painful sun sensitivity, as well as liver problems, are often treated with beta-carotene to reduce sun sensitivity. Under a doctor's guidance, the dose or beta-carotene is slowly adjusted over a period of weeks, and exposure to sunlight gradually increased.
Age related Macular Degeneration
A major clinical trial, the Age Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS1), found that people who had macular degeneration could slow its progression by taking zinc (80 mg), vitamin C (500 mg), vitamin E (400 mg), beta-carotene (15 mg), and copper (2 mg). Age related macular degeneration is an eye disease that occurs when the macula, the part of the retina that is responsible for central vision, starts to deteriorate.
A study in 2009 found that higher total carotenoid intakes, mainly those of beta-carotene and lycopene, were associated with a lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome, and with lower measures of body fat and triglycerides among middle-aged and elderly men.
Oral leukoplakia is a condition in which white lesions form in your mouth or on your tongue. It is usually caused by chronic tobacco or alcohol use. One study found that people with leukoplakia who took beta-carotene experienced fewer symptoms than those who took placebo. Because taking beta-carotene might put smokers at higher risk of lung cancer, however, you should not take beta-carotene for leukoplakia without the strict supervision of your doctor.
People with scleroderma, a connective tissue disorder characterized by hardened skin, have low levels of beta-carotene in their blood. That has caused some researchers to think beta-carotene supplements may be helpful for people with scleroderma. So far, however, research has not confirmed this theory. For now, it is best to get beta-carotene from foods in your diet and avoid supplements until more studies are done.
Dosage and Administration:
- Children should eat a healthy diet to ensure they get enough beta-carotene.
- For children younger than 14 with erythropoietic protoporphyria , your doctor can measure blood levels of beta-carotene and make dosing recommendations.
- For general health, 15 - 50 mg (25,000 - 83,000 IU) per day is recommended. Try to get most of this amount in your diet. Eating more fruits and vegetables will ensure you get enough beta-carotene, and will also give you the added benefits of other nutrients and antioxidants.
- Eat 5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day to provide about 3 - 6 mg of beta-carotene.
- For adults with erythropoietic protoporphyria, a doctor can measure blood levels of beta-carotene and make dosing recommendations.
Precautions:So far, studies haven't confirm any benefit from beta-carotene supplements alone in preventing cancer. Getting beta-carotene in your diet, along with other antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, does seem to protect against some kinds of cancer. However, beta-carotene supplements may increase the risk of heart disease and cancer in those who smoke or drink heavily. This supplement should not be used by heavy smokers or drinkers, except under a doctor's supervision.
- Skin discoloration (yellowing that eventually goes away)
- Loose stools
- Joint pain
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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- Reviewed last on: 12/11/2010
- Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.