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Surprising facts about carrots

Posted October 16, 2013

Daucus carota subsp. sativus, commonly known as the carrot, is a vegetable that is naturally healthy, sweet and delicious. These taproots are filled with a lot of compounds that are good for the health, such as antioxidants, vitamin A, minerals and beta-carotenes. These crunchy roots are a common favorite among a lot of people who love vegetables.

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Foods Loaded With Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene May Fight Dementia

Posted July 7, 2013

A new study lends credence to the premise that the forgetfulness, cognitive decline and lack of orientation associated with aging are not necessarily inevitable. Published in Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the research suggests that eating food sources of vitamin C and beta-carotene might prevent the onset and development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Beta carotene may protect from genetic Type II diabetes

Posted February 1, 2013

A genetic predisposition to Type II diabetes is found among more than half of the U.S. population. But if this form of the disease “runs” in your family, you can lower your risk by losing weight and exercising. However, Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found a specific nutrient — beta carotene — may also impact the genetic risk and could offer protection from the disease.

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Yummy Sweet Potatoes

Posted February 1, 2013

Sweet potato, botanically known as Ipomoea batata is an economical and wonderful staple food available widely in winters. It is often confused with yams but scientists believe that yams and sweet potatoes are different. Yams are starchy roots popularly grown in Western Africa. Sweet potatoes are small in size and possess a relatively thin peel. On the other hand yams are larger than sweet potatoes and have dark brown to pink skin.

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Beta Carotene May Protect People With Common Genetic Risk Factor for Type-2 Diabetes

Posted January 23, 2013

Stanford University School of Medicine investigators have found that for people harboring a genetic predisposition that is prevalent among Americans, beta carotene, which the body converts to a close cousin of vitamin A, may lower the risk for the most common form of diabetes, while gamma tocopherol, the major form of vitamin E in the American diet, may increase risk for the disease.

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Vitamin C and Beta-Carotene Shield Against Alzheimer’s Dementia

Posted January 10, 2013

Alzheimer’s dementia strikes fear in millions of aging individuals, as this memory robbing disease strikes one in eight older Americans and more than half over the age of eighty. Pharmaceutical companies have lined up in an attempt to find a synthetic pill that will prevent or treat this condition. Yet the true key to prevention may be in the bounty of natural fruits and vegetables so deficient in the typical western diet.

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Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene Are Miracle Workers: 100 Years of Saving Lives

Posted January 4, 2013

Vitamin A is not often in the news for adult health despite its importance to many functions in the body ranging from immune health to epithelial cell and mucus membrane health. In the 1980s, there was considerable interest in the anti-cancer activity of both vitamin A and beta-carotene until a flawed study severely dampened interest in that line of research.

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Lycopene and Beta-Carotene May Lower Risk of Severe Heart Attack in Men

Posted December 20, 2012

A cross-sectional study involving 1031 Finnish men aged 46-65 years in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor (KIHD) cohort found that higher concentrations of serum cartenoids maybe associated with reduced risk of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in men.

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Pumpkin Good Source of Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A

Posted November 20, 2012

Antioxidant helps protect body from free radicals. Cooler weather this time of the year usually means the holidays are approaching and the sight and smell of pumpkins is everywhere. Think jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin patches, Thanksgiving Day pumpkin pie. Also, think nutrition.

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What Is Beta-Carotene? What Are The Benefits Of Beta-Carotene?

Posted November 14, 2012

Beta-carotene is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits, especially carrots and colorful vegetables. The name beta-carotene comes from the Greek beta and Latin carota (carrot). It is the yellow/orange pigment that gives vegetables and fruits their rich colors. H. Wachenroder crystallized beta-carotene from carrot roots in 1831, and came up with the name “carotene”.

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