Beta-Carotene: Why Most of Your Vitamins Should Come From Food, Not Supplements

Natasha Longo
Prevent Disease

One mantra we often hear from the natural health industry is “take your supplements.” While a high quality supplement may provide you with some vitamins and minerals that you may be deficient in, it will never replace a well balanced diet and the delivery system that nature intended. A perfect example is the dark side of beta carotene intake.

Consumption of high amounts of beta-carotene could pose a health risk to people by blocking the action of vitamin A rather than enhancing it, according to new research.

“The kind of dosages of beta-carotene we see in health supplements could be harmful, especially since most people believe that more is better,” said nutritionist Albert Meades. “However, even natural foods containing high-amounts of beta-carotene can also cause harm if consumed in excess, for example juicing carrots multiple times per day…everyday,” he added.

It’s another reason more people are moderating their health supplements and choosing to emphasize a balanced diet filled with more organic fruits and vegetables (rather than conventional), especially due to a more dense concentration and availability of antioxidants. For example organic apples have been proven to beat conventionals on antioxidants.

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