More reasons for using beta-carotene, to help fighting many diseases


Found in carrots, sweet potatoes, and green peppers, among other foods, this antioxidant is converted in the body to vitamin A and is important for helthy vision, a functioning  immune system, and good skin.

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But the evidence isn’t really there to recommend it for staving off cancer or other diseases.

A 2004 study found that supplements might actually raise the risk of lung cancer in smokers.

More recent research in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute also linked excessive beta-carotene intake through supplements with higher risk of lung cancer and heart disease, althou.gh more research is still needed.

Bottom line: Skip the supplements if you’re a smoker, and try to get your beta-carotene from fruits and veggies, whether you smoke or not.

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(Ramazan Karasani VOP contributed to this post “More reasons for using beta-carotene, to help fighting many diseases”)