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Can 122, 000 iu of vitamin a/day x 60 days from veggie juice cause toxicity despite being a carotene? What if combined w/1000 iu from fish oil supplem.

Can 122, 000 iu of vitamin a/day x 60 days from veggie juice cause toxicity despite being a carotene? What if combined w/1000 iu from fish oil supplem.

Vitamin A toxicity: Vitamin a is a fat soluble vitamin and can cause toxicity. These effects can be extensive, and can affect the liver severely. It can cause hair loss, and marked dryness on the skin, lips and other mucosal surfaces, among many other changes in the bone, the central nervous system, and other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Can anybody overdose on b-carotenes from eating veggies or that isn't possible?

Can anybody overdose on b-carotenes from eating veggies or that isn't possible?

Veggies Are Good: Eating foods rich in beta carotene such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, spinach, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes will not harm you. However the danger of overdose occurs with overuse of beta carotene supplements. The most prominent symptom of overdose is a yellowish skin discoloration of the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Check with your doctor before adding these supplements. ...Read more

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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

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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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Can anybody overdose on b-carotenes from eating veggies or that isn't possible?

Veggies Are Good: Eating foods rich in beta carotene such as carrots, green leafy vegetables, spinach, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes will not harm you. However the danger of overdose occurs with overuse of beta carotene supplements. The most prominent symptom of overdose is a yellowish skin discoloration of the face, palms of the hands and soles of the feet. Check with your doctor before adding these supplements. ...Read more

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How much beta carotene do you need?

How much beta carotene do you need?

50 mg/day in 3 doses: Multivitamin formulas frequently provide 3-15 mg of beta carotene (5000-25000 units) when given 51 mg/day in 3 divided doses,serum concentration of beta carotene level was significantly high.Daily doses up to 300mg have been used to treat photosensitivity disorders.In double blind studies beta carotene supplementation increased lung cancer in smokers- 18-28 %.Some humans can't convert to Vit A ...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!

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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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