Doctor insights on:
Beta Carotene Medication
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
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
Beta carotene: You may eat foods with beta carotene, but don't be surprised if your skin takes on a greenish-orange tinge ...Read more
How much more beta carotene would I get in pulped carrots compared to a shop bought bottle of carrot juice?
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
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). β-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
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
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!
Please explain if it is true that the intake of beta-carotene would decrease blood levels of lutein?
Both anti oxidants: That work on the same pathway. No need to take both lute in and beta carotene. ...Read more
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
Related to a previous? About vit a: what is synthetically sourced beta-carotene? Is it dangerous? This is what my vitamin has according to manufact.
Same: Synthetic made in a manufacturing plant or natural from a fruit or vegetable are the same beta carotene. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Is it safe to take anti oxidant pills containing beta carotene, selenium and zinc for more than one month?
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
My prenatal vitamin has 4000 IU retinyl palmitate and 4000 IU beta carotene. Is this too much RP to be taking?
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
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
My vitamin supplement has 12, 500iu of vitamin a. With 10, 000iu beta-carotene and 2, 500iu palmitate. Is that a safe amount?
One can safely take very large amounts of beta carotene as it is non-toxic. One can suffer adverse consequences by taking more than 10, 000 iu of the palmitate form a day though toxicity is rare unless one ingests at least 25, 000 iu. Day for several months so 2, 500 iu is quite safe.
See http://www. Whfoods. Com/genpage. Php? Tname=nutrient;dbid=106. ...Read more
My prenatal vitamins contain 4, 000 iu of vitamin a. Vitamin a (as palmitate 2, 000 iu, beta-carotene 2, 000 iu). Is this amount safe?
Should be: If it is a recognized prenatal vitamin the people who make it know that the vit a should be present but not too high that is one reason u take a prenatal and not a multivitamin cause multi have too much vit a for pregnancy and any? S like this should be directed to your obgyn, so make a list so u do not forget during your visits or call in between if necessary. ...Read more
When it comes to anti aging or removing fine lines, is beta carotene comparable to retina a since both are vitamin a?
I take a prenatal vitamin with vitamin a as beta carotene only. Can that cause toxicity combined with my lacto-octo-vegetarian diet?
Contact provider: Contact your primary care provider with this question. ...Read more
Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.
Avoid preformed Vit: Preformed vit a is the most common known source of birth defects. That is the risk to the baby. Also avoid any additional beta carotene. Foods contain a variety of carotenes. Eat normal vegies and fruits. Note that metformin causes low vit b12. B12 can be checked by a blood test or it can be supplied as a supplement which is not a risk to the baby. Do not take preformed vit a except in very small. ...Read more
32w pregnant. Vitamin A intake has come mainly from beta-carotene not retinol. Will my baby be deficient because of this?
Is beta carotene an effective anti aging skin care ingredient since it also converts to vitamin a? Is it safe for nursing moms?
Not in pill form: Beta-carotene can be found in carrots, sweet potatoes, etc. It is wise to include such vegetables in your diet. However, don't take beta-carotene in pill form as a major study showed it could be harmful. As a cream, it is helpful for the skin in certain forms. Discuss with a dermatologist the best product for you. The best anti-aging for skin is protection from sun damage. ...Read more
I'm taking prenatal vitamins as I'm ttc. They have 4, 000 iu vitamin a as beta-carotene. I eat lots leafy greens such as kale. Is that dangerous?
Not at all: Taking 10, 000 iu of pre-formed vit a during pregnancy is hazardous; docs generally advise limiting a to 4-8000 iu to be safe, but your prenatal contains no vitamin a; beta carotene is not vit a but a precursor your body can convert to a as needed. Beta carotene is not hazardous. See http://www. Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women. Html ; http://teratology. Org/pubs/vitamina. Htm. ...Read more