What is Beta Carotene?

Category: Supplements

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Beta Carotine is an antioxidant present in yellow, orange, and green leafy fruits and vegetables, also taken as a supplement.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 41 12
General health 30 1
Support immune health 2 0
Cystic Fibrosis 1 0
Doctor recommendation 1 0
Fatigue 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 12

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Beta Carotene

Side effect Patients

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Beta Carotene

Dosage Patients
1 intl units daily 1
20 mg daily 1
6,000 intl units daily 1
10,000 intl units daily 1
25,000 unt daily 1
daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Beta Carotene

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Other 8
Personal research 2
Course of treatment ended 1
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Duration

Currently taking Beta Carotene

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Beta Carotene

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 8
Usually 3
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 9
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 6
Not specified 5
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6 patient evaluations for Beta Carotene

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jackconrad
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jackconrad
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: none
Arms: moderate
Chest: none
Legs: moderate
I am: g
I have:
ALS

See jackconrad's full Beta Carotene history

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Oct 15, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25,000 unt Daily
Advice & Tips: nothing to it..
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
DannyD
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DannyD
Sex: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: moderate
Legs: moderate
I am: n
I have:
ALS

See DannyD's full Beta Carotene history

Jan 4, 2012 (Started Dec 23, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50000 Daily
Advice & Tips: Initially took this as part of a heavy antioxidant regimen. It's inexpensive and easy to take with no side effects noted, however the research has never shown any benefit. I didn't see the point of continuing this treatment.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
jaws-als
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jaws-als
Sex: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Bulbar: severe
Arms: severe
Chest: severe
Legs: severe
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

See jaws-als's full Beta Carotene history

Apr 11, 2011 (Started Mar 03, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 25000 intl units Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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