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Doctor insights on: Vitamin A Palmitate Vs Beta Carotene

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My vitamin supplement has 12, 500iu of vitamin a. With 10, 000iu beta-carotene and 2, 500iu palmitate. Is that a safe amount?

My vitamin supplement has 12, 500iu of vitamin a. With 10, 000iu beta-carotene and 2, 500iu palmitate. Is that a safe amount?

Yes: 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

Dr. Lourdes Margarita Landron-Garcia
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Vitamin A (Definition)

Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light. It may also be needed ...Read more


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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?

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

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I had hepatitis a, is it safe for me to take vitamin with beta carotene in it?

I had hepatitis a, is it safe for me to take vitamin with beta carotene in it?

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

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Ok i kno that accutaine is a form of vitamin a but can I take a vitamin a (from beta carotene) as well?

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

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How is vitamin A acetate different from beta carotene? Dangers or concerns of any sort?

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

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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

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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

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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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What are vitamin a rich foods that needed to be avoided during pregnancy? I know beta carotene format is the best

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

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When it comes to anti aging or removing fine lines, is beta carotene comparable to retina a since both are vitamin a?

When it comes to anti aging or removing fine lines, is beta carotene comparable to retina a since both are vitamin a?

No: Beta carotene is a dietary source of pre-vitamin a. The body turns beta-carotene into vitamin a if the body needs this.
Retina a is a medication made from vitamin a but is much more powerful and is used mainly on the skin. ...Read more

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Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.

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

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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?

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'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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Balanced diet during pregnancy now that aversions are gone. Vitamin has vitamin a from beta carotene only and no choline. 14 weeks. Deficiency?

Balanced diet  during pregnancy now that aversions are gone. Vitamin has vitamin a from beta carotene only and no choline. 14 weeks. Deficiency?

Should be ok...: A normal healthy pregnant woman eating a balanced diet and taking prenatal vitamins, in the United States or similar developed countries, does not need to worry about vitamin deficiencies. If she has a pre-existing disease that causes nutritional problems, then her ob-gyn and a nutritionist can investigate to see if changes in diet or supplements are needed. ...Read more

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Is 10, 000 iu vitamin a (as retinyl palmitate and 50% beta-carotene) too much for pregnant women? My bariatric multivitamin has that much. I'm worried.

Is 10, 000 iu vitamin a (as retinyl palmitate and 50% beta-carotene) too much for pregnant women? My bariatric multivitamin has that much. I'm worried.

Not too much: Pregnant women should take about 4000-6000 units of vit a in pregnancy but you have been only taking 5000 iu, as beta-carotene is not vitamin a but a benign precursor. Too little vit a can be as serious a problem as too much. It sounds like your level is fine. See http://www.Care2.Com/greenliving/is-vitamin-a-safe-for-pregnant-women.Html
congratulations! ...Read more

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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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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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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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Is it ok to eat large quantities of food with beta carotene (like carrots) while on isotretinoin?

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

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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

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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