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Beta Carotene

$115.00
SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS:
Please note that lab kits cannot be shipped to
New York, Alaska, Hawaii, or internationally.
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SKU:
LBCar

Beta-carotene is a lipid soluble vitamin, or carotenoid. It is also known as pro-vitamin A. It is a very large molecule that is converted to vitamin A in a ratio of 1:2 beta carotene to vitamin A when it metabolized in the liver. The body will convert beta carotene to vitamin A based on its needs. This conversion needs a proper functioning thyroid and the patient cannot be a diabetic. It is not unusual to find an elevated beta carotene and low vitamin A in these patients. Beta carotene is a very strong antioxidant especially in lipid membranes. It is also important in proper eye health. There is no toxic level for beta carotene. If taken in an excessive amount, the skin, especially on the hands, may turn yellow.

REFERENCES:

  • Levy, J., et al. Lycopene is a more potent inhibitor of human cancer cell proliferation than either a-carotene or b-carotene. Nutr Canc, 1995; 24(3);257-266.
  • Kaplan, L.A., Lau, J.M., Stein. Carotenoid composition, concentrations, and relationships in various human organs. Clin Physiol Biochem, 1990; 8: 1-10.
CPT CODE:
82380
COLLECTION CONTAINER:
SST or red-stopper tube
COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS:
LBCAR-Beta-Carotene.pdf
MINIMUM VOLUME:
0.2 mL
NORMAL VALUES:
5 to 65 ug/dL.
PATIENT PREP:
None
PROCESS METHOD:
The methodology is by HPLC
PROCESS TIME:
5 to 7 business days
REJECTION CAUSES:
Gross Hemolysis
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:
None
SPECIMEN VOLUME:
1 mL serum; light protected
STATE & SHIPPING RESTRICTIONS:
We cannot ship lab kits to NY, AK, HI, or international
TRANSPORT CONTAINER:
Amber plastic transport tube
TRANSPORT INSTRUCTIONS:
Refrigerate or freeze