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Vitamin A Toxic?

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Created April 07, 2013 at 2:34 AM

Supposedly Vitamin A can be toxic to the liver if taken in excess. Except in the form of beta-carotene. This had me nervous because I'm currently eating 2 sweet potatoes along with 6 cups of chopped broccoli a day. I've been doing this for months. Am I at risk for Liver disease?

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Those studies, VB, deal with impossibly large doses of isolated beta carotene. Not physiological doses from real food.

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on April 07, 2013
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Actually, he did not say they died from turning orange - they died from some cancer but consuming too much beta-carotene was the cause and they did turn orange.

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on April 07, 2013
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http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/02/too-much-beta-carotene-damages-health_n_1470231.html

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One of the doctors told me that two people in England died from turning orange from consuming too much beta carotene. He did not tell me his sources, but he told me the medical community is aware of it. Can it be true?

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on April 07, 2013
at 03:46 AM

Are those broccolis raw?

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on April 07, 2013
at 03:08 AM

(my spidey sense is tingling..) dont eat polar bear liver

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on April 07, 2013
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Whew.. That's a relief. My liver Enzymes have been high lately and I've been eating the two mentioned foods for a long time. Good to know that I can keep eating my veggies :D

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 07, 2013
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Beta carotene is pro-vitamin A, meaning, no vitamin A activity until the body converts it to a useable form. It's impossible to overdose on beta carotene because our bodies will simply reduce the conversion to next to nothing in the case of large doses.

The worst thing that'll happen is you might start looking like an oompa-loompa, as beta carotene will end up in your skin.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on April 07, 2013
at 01:49 PM

Those studies, VB, deal with impossibly large doses of isolated beta carotene. Not physiological doses from real food.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:01 AM

One of the doctors told me that two people in England died from turning orange from consuming too much beta carotene. He did not tell me his sources, but he told me the medical community is aware of it. Can it be true?

8e6b11bdc9cf9b520192289296b3ead5

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on April 07, 2013
at 03:00 AM

Whew.. That's a relief. My liver Enzymes have been high lately and I've been eating the two mentioned foods for a long time. Good to know that I can keep eating my veggies :D

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:11 AM

Actually, he did not say they died from turning orange - they died from some cancer but consuming too much beta-carotene was the cause and they did turn orange.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on April 07, 2013
at 07:04 AM

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/02/too-much-beta-carotene-damages-health_n_1470231.html

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