Beta-carotene

New benefit from beta-carotene?

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Every year, millions of American women learn that a routine Pap test has uncovered cervical dysplasia. That means telltale changes in cells of the uterus that sometimes lead to cervical cancer. To head this off, regular checkups are vital. Your doctor may remove the suspicious cells or treat them with a laser. One day you might have an additional weapon: beta-carotene supplements. In preliminary tests at the University of California, Irvine, women with cervical dysplasia were given 30 mg. beta-carotene supplements daily for 19 months.

Beta-carotene and AIDS

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Nutrient may improve immune function

Beta-carotene's potential benefits in the battle against cancer and heart disease are becoming clearer every day. It's no wonder researchers are now focusing its power on other illnesses. One example is the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which causes AIDS.

A preliminary study suggests the nutrient may help improve the levels of natural killer cells in AIDS patients. A prime deficiency due to AIDS is a suppression of these cells, which are needed to help the body fight off disease.

Tomatoes With More Beta Carotene

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Fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces and juices promise to have much more beta carotene, thanks to new tomato breeding lines developed by an ARS (Agricultural Research Service) scientist. Three of the lines for use in processing into paste, juice and sauces contain 10 to 25 times more beta carotene than typical tomatoes. They have already been released to interested breeders.

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