Molecular graphic of beta carotene

Molecular graphic of beta carotene

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Caption: Carotene. Molecular graphic of the vitamin A precursor beta carotene, a yellow pigment found in a variety of fruits and vegetables, including carrots. Atoms are colour-coded: carbon = pink, hydrogen = white. Carotene is converted in the human liver to the primary alcohol vitamin A, which is essential for normal growth, formation of bones and teeth, night vision and for protecting against infection. Deficiency of the vitamin can cause weight loss, growth problems and blindness. However, the old wive's tale that eating plenty of carrots improves vision at night is not true - in

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Keywords: beta carotene, biochemical, biochemistry, carotene, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, computer graphic, molec. graphic, molecular graphic, molecule, molecules, precursor, vitamin a, vitamin a precursor

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