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Could Beta Carotene Kill Me?

…studies questioning the safety of supplementing with beta carotene and other antioxidants have made the headlines. A review of 50 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) a few years ago concluded that beta-carotene may accelerate death. However, a closer look at these…

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Beta Carotene: Saint or Demon?

Beta carotene is an extremely important player in helping you to avoid cardiovascular problems. In fact, more than 200 studies have confirmed the cardiovascular beneficial effects of foods rich in flavonoids, carotenoids, and other antioxidants. Yet, over the years, a few studies questioning the safety…

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5 Heart-Smart Secrets for Your July Fourth Celebration

…dessert. Not only is watermelon sweet and delicious, it’s one of the most heart-healthy fruits you can eat. It contains carotenoids, lycopene and beta-carotene that neutralize free radicals to prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. You can serve it fresh, or try it on the grill. * Choose your…

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The Truth About Green Tea Supplements

…taken in high doses they can cause toxicity—just like a pharmaceutical drug can. One of the classic interactions that cause harm is high-dose beta carotene and/or vitamin A taken by smokers and asbestos workers. This combination has been shown in human and animal models to cause cancer. Another example…

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Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

…* Too much beta carotene. In my nutrient formulas, I include vitamin A from mixed carotenoids and retinyl palmitate, instead of beta carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. The reason is that some people, especially those with low thyroid or alcoholism, can’t convert beta carotene into vitamin…

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How to Naturally Protect Your Vision Health

…age-related cataracts, it's reasonable to assume that antioxidants can help. For example, previous research has shown that vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, and selenium might modify your antioxidant defenses, protecting your eyes from oxidative damage. Try to also get plenty of DHA as it has been shown…

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Eat Colorful Carotenoids

…lycopene—extremely important in promoting cervical and prostate health—is found predominantly in tomatoes. Three carrots equal 12,000 units of beta carotene; a large serving of spinach will give you 10,000 units. And astaxanthin, a natural carotenoid pigment, gives salmon flesh its orange hue and adds…

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Cooking Healthy: Baked Winter Squash

Are you looking for a new idea for cooking healthy? Winter squash are a heart-healthy diet bonanza. They contain potassium, alpha lipoic acid, beta carotene, manganese, and vitamin A—and they’re loaded with fiber. Plus, while winter squash are so rich and delicious that they taste like they should…

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The Health Benefits of Watermelon

…with a fruit I had underestimated: Watermelon. That's right! Watermelon is rich in all the right stuff, including: * Carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene that neutralize free radicals to prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Research shows that lycopene decreases the risk for cancer of…

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Aftermath of Japan: How to Protect Against Radiation

…Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Store in the fridge, and remember that a little goes a long way! * Vegetables high in beta carotene aid in boosting immunity and protecting mucus membranes from extreme dryness and reddening of the tissues caused from radiation exposure. Some good…

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