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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How much more beta carotene would I get in pulped carrots compared to a shop bought bottle of carrot juice?
How much beta carotene can you take with supplements daily? Is too much toxic? What is too much and what are the symptoms?
Why do you take it?: A Vitamin is a molecule needed by biologic systems that can't synthesize it. The amount needed is microscopic. The notion that if some is good more is better sustains a multi-billion dollar supplement industry that ignores conditions caused by hypervitaminosis. In pregnancy birth defects occur even with Vitamin A doses just barely exceeding recommended daily requirements. ...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). ?-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!
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.
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
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
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?
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
My prenatal vitamin has 4000 IU retinyl palmitate and 4000 IU beta carotene. Is this too much RP to be taking ?
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