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High doses of beta-carotene, especially taken long-term, are not safe. High doses of beta-carotene can turn skin yellow or orange. In people who smoke or who have been exposed to asbestos, beta-carotene supplements might increase the risk of cancer.
There is growing concern that taking high doses of antioxidant supplements such as beta-carotene might do more harm than good. Some research shows that taking high doses of beta-carotene supplements might increase the chance of death from all causes and possibly other serious side effects. There is also concern that taking large amounts of a multivitamin plus a separate beta-carotene supplement increases the chance of developing advanced prostate cancer in men.
Do not take beta-carotene if:
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