BCCT plans to write a summary on beta-carotene. While our summary is in development, you can visit About Herbs: Beta-Carotene


Eating a well-rounded diet that includes sources of beta-carotene—such as from deep orange vegetables—is prudent. However, some evidence indicates that beta-carotene in supplement form is not as beneficial and in some cases may even be harmful. Consult with a knowledgeable clinician regarding the advisability of taking beta-carotene supplements for your specific cancer or symptoms.

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Refer to About Herbs: Beta-Carotene for more information.


BCCT does not recommend therapies or doses, but only provides information for patients and providers to consider as part of a complete treatment plan. Patients should discuss therapies with their physicians, as contraindications, interactions and side effects must be evaluated.

Dosage recommendations are available from these sources:

Integrative Programs, Protocols and Medical Systems

For more information about programs and protocols, see our Integrative Programs and Protocols page.
  • Programs and protocols
    • Block program: antioxidant support formula4
    • Lemole, Mehta & McKee endometrial cancer protocol5
    • McKinney protocols:6
      • Breast cancer, in the diet, mixed with natural carotenoids
      • Endometrial cancer

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