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Doctor insights on: Carotenoids Side Effects

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Do you recommend eating foods with carotenoids?

Do you recommend eating foods with  carotenoids?

Macular Degeneration: The age related eye disease study found that taking a vitamin supplement high in zinc, beta carotene, vitamin c and e reduced the risk of vision loss in eyes at intermediate to high risk of macular degeneration. Many people now recommend the version of the vitamin containing lutein instead, although the original vitamin continues to be effective. This can be extrapolated as a general dietary recommendation, and dietary studies have also found foods containing carotenoids to be useful in reducing the risk of macular degeneration. ...Read more

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Is there any validity to the skin carotenoid scores by Pharmanex biophotonic scanner? What does it do/indicate?

Is there any validity to the skin carotenoid scores by Pharmanex biophotonic scanner? What does it do/indicate?

Highly unlikely.: There is no third-party research that supports the claims made by the company. All claims come either from the company itself or the few places that have one of these machines. Furthermore there is no proof that high levels of antioxidant in your body is better for you. This is just another way to get you to buy vitamin supplements. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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Besides colestipol and colestid what medications can lower blood levels of carotenoids?

Besides colestipol and colestid what medications can lower blood levels of carotenoids?

Cholesterol Rx: There are multiple types of cholesterol lowering medications ranging from those that work on cholesterol absorption through the intestines to ones that work on how the liver packages or "creates" different cholesterol subtypes. Talk with your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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Other than colestid (colestipol) what medications can lower blood levels of carotenoids?

Higher is better: Most of published data points to the health benefit of increasing carotenoids in our diet. There does not appear to be a need to lower levels. Data suggests these agents may lead to a reduction in macular degeneration, cataracts, certain cancers (lung, skin, uterine, cervix, gastrointestinal), and heart disease by decreasing formation of LDL particles. ...Read more

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Other than colestipol what medications can lower blood levels of carotenoids (and is that a bad thing)?

Other than colestipol what medications can lower blood levels of carotenoids (and is that a bad thing)?

You mean cholesterol: Colestipol is a bile sequestrant drug mostly used to lower cholesterol. These meds have fallen a bit out of favor due the superiority of statins and far fewer adverse effects. ...Read more

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I got 3 PSA injections for rct a month back nd since then im facing trismus wich is not improving..can a lycopen nd carotenoid capsule(SM Fibro) help?

I got 3 PSA injections for rct a month back nd since then im facing trismus wich is not improving..can a  lycopen nd carotenoid capsule(SM Fibro) help?

Most likely: most likely there is some toxin, pathogen, or allergen present in the TM joint affecting trismus. There also could be an issue with the TM disc being displaced. Get checked by a neuromuscular dentist. ...Read more

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My skin is yellowish but my eyes aren't. Is it because most of the food i eat is fruits and vege? I heard carotenoid makes skin yellowish.

My skin is yellowish but my eyes aren't.  Is it because most of the food i eat is fruits and vege? I heard carotenoid makes skin yellowish.

That is true, but...: It's true that a person who eats lots of veggies can have yellowish coloring from dietary beta carotene. The palms and soles are most noticeably colored, but the whites of the eyes stay white. One may want a doctor to check, just to be sure. She can ask the doctor during a visit for a routine check-up, lab tests, and vaccinations (adults may need: flu shot, hpv shot, hep a/b shots, tdap shot, ...). ...Read more

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Can you get all the vitamin a you need from plants? do you need to consume preformed vitamin a or are the precursors carotenoids in plants enough?

Can you get all the vitamin a you need from plants? do you need to consume preformed vitamin a or are the precursors carotenoids in plants enough?

Plants adequate: Our bodies readily convert beta carotene in plant foods into Vitamin A. There is no need for vegans to supplement with Vit A. However, it is necessary for vegans to supplement with B12. Many can not convert plant omega 3's into EPA and those should find a vegan source of EPA/DHA. Everyone needs Vitamin D in fall and winter; vegan sources of Vit D are available. ...Read more