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How to get the most benefit from Vitamin A and Carotenes

Vitamin A and beta carotene are fat-soluble, which means you store them in your liver and in the fatty tissues of your body. To avoid any chance of a toxic buildup, we suggest you stick to the Vitamin A in your daily multivitamin supplement and skip any additional A supplements.
But if you’re having one of those frantic days where eating right is way down on your priority list, taking a mixed carotenoid supplement can help make up for that skipped breakfast, fast-food lunch, and takeout dinner.Olympian Labs Vita-Vitamin  Multi-Vitamin/Mineral 120Tabs

These supplements contain beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, and other
carotenoids.

To get the most benefit for Vitamin A and beta carotene, be sure to also get at least the recommended dose for Vitamin E, zinc, and selenium. You need Vitamin E to help Vitamin A work more effectively; you also need extra Vitamin E if you take large doses (more than 15 g daily) of beta carotene supplements .You need zinc to help transport Vitamin A around your body and you need selenium to help beta carotene work more effectively.
Vitamin A and beta carotene work better if you also take all other vitamins and minerals, Selenium, Zinc. Vitamin E birth control pills, bile-sequestering cholesterol drugs, cigarette smoke, methotrexate, a drug used to treat arthritis, psoriasis, or cancer decrease benefit of vitamin A and beta carotene.
Vitamin A supplements usually come in soft gel caps in retinol or retinyl palmitate form—either is fine, but retinyl palmitate is best for people with intestinal problems. An old-fashioned way to get your A’s is by taking cod liver oil.  Aside from the fact that it’s truly horrible tasting—even the cherry-flavored kind is awful—cod liver oil isn’t a good choice. It’s high in calories and often causes digestive upsets.

Don’t overdo on the Vitamin A supplements—more than 5,000 IU (1,000 RE) a day can be harmful. To avoid possible problems, we suggest taking mixed carotenes instead—you’ll get your A’s along with extra antioxidant protection.
For many years, the only beta carotene supplements you could buy were made synthetically and were oil-based. Today you have the option of buying water-based supplements made either from a type of algae called Dunaliella or from palm oil.

Water-based carotenes do seem to be absorbed better. In general, oil-based supplements come in gel caps while the water-based ones come in solid form. No matter which form you buy, look for a product that is bright orange-red in color and store it away from light.
Most nutritionists today recommend mixed carotenoid supplements instead of just beta carotene.

For most benefit be sure you’re getting a good product, choose mixed carotenoids that contain beta carotene along with at least 20 percent alpha carotene and also xanthophylls and lycopene.


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