How Beta-Carotene interacts with mineral oil

Interaction type: Depletions

Interaction rating: Potential/Theoritical

Beta-carotene dissolves in mineral oil, which reduces its absorption and increases its elimination from the body. If multiple doses of mineral oil are used, supplementation with the affected nutrient(s) may be necessary. (1)


  1. Diarrhea and Constipation. In: Berkow R, Fletcher AJ, Beers MH, et al, eds. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 16th ed. Rahway, NJ: Merck Research Laboratories; 1992:810.