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Doctor insights on: Beta Carotene

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Does beta carotene fight cancer?

Does beta carotene fight cancer?

Maybe: Please forgive this senior physician's frankness. The data on carotenes and lycopenes is so massive, so contradictory, is so tied up with the politics of "healthy diet", and makes so little sense scientifically that your question cannot be answered. In science, the stuff that's really true is generally established quickly. I love eating carrots, but would not spend money supplementing carotene. ...Read more

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Does beta carotene help fight cancer?

Does beta carotene help fight cancer?

We don't know: Studies using beta carotene to prevent lung cancer in high-risk patients have been unsuccessful. Chemoprevention of malignancies remains an area of active investigation. ...Read more

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Are beta-carotene supplement dangerous ?

Are beta-carotene supplement  dangerous ?

Possibly in smokers: Some studies have found high doses of beta carotene in smokers increases lung cancer risk, yet other studies have found it doesn't increase risk. Antioxidants work as a team & the studies showing increased risk gave beta carotene without other antioxidants to balance it. See http://tinyurl.com/p34vo4b It's wiser to take mixed carotenoids & get through diet. If you smoke use caution-better to quit! ...Read more

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How much more beta carotene would I get in pulped carrots compared to a shop bought bottle of carrot juice?

How much more beta carotene would I get in pulped carrots compared to a shop bought bottle of carrot juice?

Not more: As best as I can tell, carrot juice may have more nutrients than the pulp, but both the juice and the pulp contain high levels of beta carotene and other nutrients. See http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/better-drink-carrot-juice-eat-whole-carrots-7430.html ...Read more

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Is it ok to use rose hip oil and vitamin E oil during pregnancy? I heard rose hip oil is high vitamin a. Is this beta carotene based?

Yes: No more than 10, 000 iu of preformed vitamin a should be taken during pregnancy but preformed vitamin a is only found in animal foods (meat, eggs, dairy). There are no vegetarian sources of actual vitamin a- any "vitamin a" said to be in those foods are from carotenes and those are very safe in pregnancy. See http://www.Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women.Html. ...Read more

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Is it true vitamin A & E suppl. increase the risk of cancer! I read on internet smokers used beta-carotene were 18% more likely to get lung cancer!

Is it true vitamin A & E suppl. increase the risk of cancer!  I read on internet smokers used beta-carotene were 18% more likely to get lung cancer!

Possibly: It is true that these supplements do not help to prevent cancer and may increase risk of some cancers. Your doctor may still feel you need them for certain problems, but you should not take them as a cancer preventative. ...Read more

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Can i take food which contains provitamin-a/ beta-carotene when I am on accutane? Does it cause side effects?

Can i take food which contains provitamin-a/ beta-carotene when I am on accutane? Does it cause side effects?

Yes: You don't need to avoid foods containing vitamin a or carotenoids, but you should avoid vitamin a supplements when taking isotretinoin, as any potential toxic effect of vitamin a may be enhanced. This may result in joint and muscle aches, dry skin, abdominal pain, and some effects on the liver. ...Read more

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My 16mth old's face&hair r turning orange/golden.He's very fair w/ light bling hair.Diet not high it beta carotene &he's healthy. What else cd it be?

See your doctor: The most likely explanation is usually the beta carotene one- kids eat more yellow fruits and vegetables than other types. Jaundice can appear with yellowing of the skin, but will also affect the sclera of the eyes (the white part). See your doctor to figure out what is causing this in your child. ...Read more

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Is it ok for breastfeeding mothers to use skin care with beta carotene?

Is it ok for breastfeeding mothers to use skin care with beta carotene?

Safe: Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin a and is found in many foods. Skin care products contain small amounts of vitamin a- very little will be absorbed. Here is a great resource about breastfeeding and medications- it is linked to the us national library of medicine http://breastfeedingonline.Com/meds.Shtml#sthash.C24q1ffy.Dpbs. ...Read more

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I had hepatitis a, is it safe for me to take vitamin with beta carotene in it?

I had hepatitis a, is it safe for me to take vitamin with beta carotene in it?

Most likely safe : Majority of patients with history of hepatitis c make a full recovery without any residual hepatic (liver) impairment. If there is ongoing liver problem, the physician should be consulted prior to taking any medications. Certain vitamin products contain herbal and other substances which may be lead to medical problems in people with liver disease. Question should be if you really need the vitamin. ...Read more

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Ok i kno that accutaine is a form of vitamin a but can I take a vitamin a (from beta carotene) as well?

Ok i kno that accutaine is a form of vitamin a but can I take a vitamin a (from beta carotene) as well?

Accurate is not : A vitamin and should only be taken as prescribed by your doctor. Vitamins an be taken as recommemded by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take anti oxidant pills containing beta carotene, selenium and zinc for more than one month?

Is it safe to take anti oxidant pills containing beta carotene, selenium and zinc for more than one month?

Extremely safe: Selenium and Zinc are essential nutrients with many proven health benefits. We need to either take them as supplements or get them from diet to be healthy. Many people don't get adequate amounts in their diets. Beta carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A, another essential nutrient, and is also safe to supplement, but I feel that a mixed carotenoid complex has more benefits than beta carotene alone. ...Read more

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How is vitamin A acetate different from beta carotene? Dangers or concerns of any sort?

How is vitamin A acetate different from beta carotene? Dangers or concerns of any sort?

Vit A vs β-Carotene: Vitamin A is a group of fat soluble unsaturated nutritional organic compounds, that includes retinol, retinoic acid, & several provitamin A carotenoids (beta-carotene is the most important). ?-Carotene is a colored red-orange pigment abundant in plants and fruits. Beta-carotene is good for vision, immunity, and overall health. Overuse can cause hair loss, confusion, liver damage and bone loss. ...Read more

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If you have an excess of vitamin a stored in your liver, what happens when you eat beta carotene?

Probably very little: An excess of beta carotene gives you a bright yellow skin called carotenemia, often mistaken for jaundice. It is entirely benign and disappears if yellow vegetables are cut back. This probably means that there is a natural mechanism that stops the oxidation of beta carotene to make vit a if it is not needed. ...Read more

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What are vitamin a rich foods that needed to be avoided during pregnancy? I know beta carotene format is the best

What are vitamin a rich foods that needed to be avoided during pregnancy?  I know beta carotene format is the best

NONE!: It is important to have adequate vitamin a in pregnancy- not enough can cause fetal growth retardation & blindness. The only hazard is more than 10, 000 iu of preformed a in the first weeks of pregnancy. It is virtually impossible to get that much from food- one would need to have 22 servings of milk, 40 eggs or 42 servings of salmon every day to get that much vitamin a! ...Read more