|Company:||Square Pharmaceuticals Ltd.|
|Generic:||Betacarotene + Vitamin C + Vitamin E (Anti-Oxidant Vitamins and Minerals)|
Alzheimer’s disease, Cancer Prevention, dementia, degenerative diseases, coronary heart diseases, end-stage renal disease, growth and repair of body tissue, bone, skin, teeth, and hair.
1 tablet/capsule daily.
Patients with a known hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Mode of Action
Beta carotene is 1 of a group of red, orange, and yellow pigments called carotenoids; Dietary sources include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Photoprotective effects: Exact mechanism is unknown; in vitro studies suggest antioxidant effects and that beta carotene reduces free radicals and singlet oxygen, which are produced when porphyrin is exposed to light and air. Vitamin C is necessary for collagen formation and tissue repair; plays a role in oxidation/reduction reactions as well as other metabolic pathways including synthesis of catecholamines, carnitine, and steroids; also plays a role in the conversion of folic acid to folinic acid. Vitamin E plays a role in protecting red blood cells against hemolysis; has protective effects against free radicals on polyunsaturated fatty acids found in cell membranes; plays a role in preventing oxidation of vitamins A and C.
Hypervitaminosis. Avoid use in early pregnancy. Patients on anti-coagulant therapy should not use ascorbic acid for prolonged periods of time.
Generally, this preparation is well-tolerated. Diarrhea may occasionally occur during treatment with beta carotene and the skin may assume a slightly yellow discoloration. The side effects of vitamin A are reversible. Vitamin C and vitamin E may cause diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances.