September 2013 Issue
Beta-Carotene: Eat Foods, Not Supplements
Beta-carotene, a fat-soluble carotenoid and antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables, is perhaps best recognized for giving carrots, sweet potatoes and squashes their bright orange hue. A diet rich in whole-food sources of beta-carotene, including orange and green fruits and vegetables, has been shown to support the immune and reproductive systems, and protect body cells from the damaging effects of free radicals, which are environmental byproducts caused by pollution, smoking, and ultraviolet radiation.
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