Beta Carotene, Beta-carotene
small amounts are converted into vitamin A
above 5000 iu qd carotenoid absorption decreases significantly
blood carotene levels reflect dietary intake, not vitamin A stores
1 mg beta carotene = 1670 iu beta carotene
beta carotene is stored in fat deposits in the adrenal glands
yellowing of the skin, especially the palms and soles
differs from jaundice in that the sclerae remain white.
excessive ingestion of carrots
hypothyroid patients are particularly susceptible.
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