In this Article
- What other names is Beta-carotene known by?
- What is Beta-carotene?
- How does Beta-carotene work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Beta-carotene.
High doses of beta-carotene, especially taken long-term, are not safe. High doses of beta-carotene can turn skin yellow or orange. In people who smoke or who have been exposed to asbestos, beta-carotene supplements might increase the risk of cancer.
There is growing concern that taking high doses of antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene might do more harm than good. Some research shows that taking high doses of beta-carotene supplements might increase the chance of death from all causes and possibly other serious side effects. There is also concern that taking large amounts of a multivitamin plus a separate beta-carotene supplement increases the chance of developing advanced prostate cancer in men.
Do not take beta-carotene if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You smoke.
- You have been exposed to high-levels of asbestos.
- You are going to have angioplasty, a heart procedure.
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