Beta-carotene

Periodical Beta-carotene: No magic bullet

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BONNIE LIEBMAN

"Instead of taking beta-carotene supplements, eat your fruits and vegetables," said Harvard University's Charles Hennekens at a hastily called press conference last January.

The problem: In two major trials--the Physicians' Health Study and the Beta-Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET)--high doses of the popular antioxidant failed to cut the risk of cancer or heart disease, explained Hennekens and others.

Beyond Beta Carotene

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It's true that orange is in. The color, not the fruit. It started with carrots for eyesight way back when we were all young. We knew that we should eat raw carrots for night blindness and drink lots of carrot juice for our livers.

And then came the rest of the orange vegetables. Yams. Squash. Pumpkin. All good for you because of their color.

Now we know that all that orange pigment means lots and lots of beta carotene, the precursor of vitamin A, as well as being a mighty antioxidant to ward off free radicals, degeneration and aging.

Clueless about beta-carotene?

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Bewildered by the recent bad press on beta-carotene? Feeling paranoid now about sweet potatoes? Here's our advice, based on the questions we've heard most:

Beta-carotene

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A Powerful Weapon Against Life-Threatening Disease

More than a nutrient, more than a defense against respiratory illness, Beta-Carotene could be an effective weapon against cancer.

Few people have known about beta-carotene until recently. Even scientific researchers looked upon it as merely a substance interchangeable with vitamin A. Recent discoveries herald the substances as a possible weapon against life-threatening diseases.

Drug-Supplement Interactions: a Counter-Offensive

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The article presents information on the interactions between nutritional supplements and drugs which are an important frontier in nutritional medicine. The increase in cancer mortality associated...

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