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Beta-carotene 's Cancer Risk among Smokers

Beta-carotene 's Cancer Risk among Smokers


By: Arlene Gentallan

        You're not going to like this...

        Several studies confirms a strong link between daily intake of beta-carotene supplement among smokers and development of cancer. But, isn't beta-carotene an antioxidant? Aren't antioxidants supposed to protect us against cancer?



What is Beta-carotene?

        Beta-carotene is an important antioxidant our body needs in order to make Vitamin A which is essential for good eye sight, healthy skin, and functioning immune system.

        Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin which means your body can store it in your liver where it can accumulate into toxic level over time if your intake is too much.

        On the other hand, taking beta-carotene is relatively safe because it does not reach toxic level in the body. Your body regulates how much beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A.



Research shows...

        29,133  smokers who jointed the ATBC (Alpha-Tocopherol, B…