Friday, February 8, 2013

Beta Carotene

Carotenoids, the colorful pigments that make veggies yellow, orange, or red, help shield skin from sun damage.  Beta carotene—a carotenoid that your liver converts into vitamin A—and flavonols—antioxidants found in plants—provide protection against sunburn and skin damage from exposure to the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays, say German researchers report who analyzed multiple studies. However, beta carotene supplements can increase cancer risk, especially for smokers, so your best bet is to get your beta carotene from food sources.

Conditions: Sunburn
Recommendations: Dark green and yellow-orange vegetables such as spinach and sweet potatoes
Interactions & Side Effects: Fulfills vitamin A requirement, so don't take extra A

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