Beta-carotene is a plant-based, water-soluble precursor to vitamin A that is abundant in the ovaries, and is found in very high concentrations in the corpus luteum and the adrenal glandsboth of which produce progesterone to help balance excess estrogen levels in women with estrogen dominance, and support progesterone levels, even if greatly reduced after menopause.
Research studies have also found carotenoids such as beta carotene are useful in treating or preventing conditions related to estrogen dominance, including ovarian cancer, heavy menstrual bleeding, and benign breast disease. Additionally, studies have shown that high levels of vitamin A can help reverse fibrocystic breast disease.
To ensure that you are getting enough beta-carotene in your diet, be sure to include plenty of the following foods: carrots, kale, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, mangoes, cantaloupe, apricots, and cabbage.
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