Carotenoids, Normal Human Skin Color and UV Photosensitivity – (03-14-02)

Carotenoids, Normal Human Skin Color and UV Photosensitivity

This article brings to mind to “hot item” about a decade or so back. Tanning pills that were available contained high levels of beta carotene and, in high enough doses, turned the skin to a not so bronze orangish tan.

This article suggests that the pigmentation of the skin could be assessed to determine the overall carotenoid status of a patient. Remember that, although beta carotene gets all the press, the carotenoids are a large family of pigments found in fruits and veggies. Some additional examples include lycopene (in tomatoes and watermelon), lutein and zeaxanthin. — Abstracts: Alaluf et al. 132 (3): 399

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.