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The real problem with beta-carotene

MagazineAugust 1999 (Vol. 10 Issue 5)The real problem with beta-carotene

I read with interest your Updates (WDDTY, vol 9, no 12) about the findings of beta-carotene and cancer, which I am already familiar with, but feel to be misleading and poor science

I read with interest your Updates (WDDTY, vol 9, no 12) about the findings of beta-carotene and cancer, which I am already familiar with, but feel to be misleading and poor science.

From my understanding of this issue, this adverse result is likely to be caused by the use of beta-carotene. When taken in higher doses than other carotenes, beta-carotene will compete with them for receptor sites.

The result can be a deficiency of the other carotenes, and this may well be the problem, as these are also important nutrients.

This also explains why foods rich in beta-carotenes (which are also rich in other carotenes) do not carry the same risks. Francesca Naish, Natural Fertility Management, Woollahra, New South Wales.....


Dying the good death

Clarityn

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