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How can you stop pumpkin (carotene) turning skin orange, aside from not eating it eg adding fat to it, taking laxatives, mineral oil etc?

How can you stop pumpkin (carotene)  turning skin orange, aside from not eating it eg adding fat to it, taking laxatives, mineral oil etc?

You don't: The vitamin A in the food selectively attaches to fat cells beneath the skin. The more you consume, the more will attach. The orange tinge is what the eye sees from the light bouncing off the vitamin A molecule as it hits your skin. ...Read more

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If 100grm of squash has 100% RDI of carotene, how much roughly could be eaten daily without skin yellowing? Would mineral oil stop absorption much?

If 100grm of squash has 100% RDI of carotene, how much roughly could be eaten daily without skin yellowing? Would mineral oil stop absorption much?

All you want.: 1st, there is no official RDI for carotene; everybody has a different number. 2nd, I've never seen carotenosis from squash (and my daughter, a vegetarian, eats a TON of it). 3rd, carotenosis due to eating vegetables is harmless, so if you somehow eat enough squash to yellow your skin, cutting back will reverse it. So eat what you want. Mineral oil would have no significant effect on absorption. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to rid the body of excessive carotene/vit a quickly? Like laxatives? Vit a from veg=3500% rdi most days. My skin is reallllly orange

Is there anyway to rid the body of excessive carotene/vit a quickly? Like laxatives? Vit a from veg=3500% rdi most days. My skin is reallllly orange

It will fade: Taking a large dose of vitamin a itself is very dangerous but it's common and harmless to turn orange if you really like carrots. Some folks take carotene tablets to acquire the color; if you overdid it, you'll do best simply to let it face which it will do in a few weeks. Laxatives will just make you sick. ...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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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

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I've been told great things about taking juice plus for skin irritation and hair loss. But also read that it has too much beta-carotene in it. HELP!?

I've been told great things about taking juice plus for skin irritation and hair loss. But also read that it has too much 
beta-carotene in it. HELP!?

Try it: Hair loss at your age is hypothyroidism until proved otherwise because you will become bad-sick if it is missed. Your physician needs to be in the loop. These "natural healing" people make unsubstantiated claims and trash one another's products with little or no science. Try it, you should be safe, do not expect any miracles; consider getting with an evidence-based holist for good guidance. ...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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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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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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What to do if I am on my last month of isotretinoin (acutane) and I want to start to take beta carotene, can I take them when I'm on acutane?

I wouldn't: There's no health benefits to beta carotene in this situation. Both are of course related to vitamin A and there are a few unknowns. Congratulations on completing your course of isotretinoin -- it's not for the faint-hearted and chances are it's been of huge benefit to you. Best wishes. ...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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Will taking lutein and beta-carotenes improve eye problems?

Will taking lutein and beta-carotenes improve eye problems?

Yes: Zeaxanthin and lutein are the only carotenoids known to concentrate specifically in the eye. They are believed to help filter damaging light and prevent free radical damage to the delicate structures in the back of the eye, and is useful in a number of eye problems. For example, you can take it to prevent or slow macular degeneration., may improve vision for cataract sufferers too. ...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