Beta-carotene

BETA-CAROTENE
fS-BKarot ATK 7015

Beta-carotene is a vitamin A precursor that affects the formation of vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a lipid-soluble compound and natural antioxidant. Vitamin A and beta-carotene affect e.g. the health of skin and mucous membranes as well as vision. 

Indications

Testing beta-carotene intake.

Preparation

Blood sample. Requires 12 hours of fasting. Glass of water and usual medication are allowed. 

No beta-carotene supplements during 12 hours. 

Sample

1 mL (minimum 0.5 mL) of serum or lithium heparin plasma (12 hours fasting). Protect from direct sunlight.

Storage and delivery

Delivery at room temperature on the sampling day. Store refrigerated over the weekend, ship at room temperature. 

Method principle 

Liquid chromatography (HPLC).

Turnaround time

10 weekdays

Reference ranges

0.20 – 2.40 µmol/L

Notes

The same sample may be used to test for vitamin A (KL 1113) and vitamin E( KL 3169 ).

Inquiries

martin.tornudd@mineraalilaboratoriomila.fi