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April 2000 Issue

Carotenoids Plus E May Protect Skin From Sun

Carotenoid and vitamin E supplements may help skin resist sunburn, according to a new German study. For 12 weeks, 20 fair-skinned men and women, ages 20 to 57, took either 25 milligrams of a mixed carotenoid supplement or that supplement plus 500 International Units of natural vitamin E. Both before and during supplementation, their skin was exposed to ultra- violet light, simulating the sun's rays. For both groups, the skin exposed during

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