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by 43 · April 10, 2014 9:57 PM

http://healthybabycode.com/why-you-cant-get-vitamin-a-from-eating-vegetables I don't quite understand how come? I'm sure not everyone is eating liver? (more)

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paleot 0 · April 10, 2014 9:29 PM

"Everyone" is a pretty broad group to be clinically "deficient". From the looks of it, a good amount of the SAD foods are fortified with it, and the grassfed eggs/dairy/meats easily provide a day's supply. So, unless you're avoiding organs /... (more)

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by 2282 · November 17, 2013 4:58 AM

For the past few years, I've noticed (and so have others) that my skin has gotten a slight yellowy/orangey tinge to it. It's mostly noticeable on the palms of my hands, soles of my feet and on my face (laugh lines on side of mouth mostly). It's... (more)

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TheGastronomer 0 · November 17, 2013 4:58 AM

Speaking as a person who has a genetic condition known as Gilbert's syndrome, which causes mild jaundice, I am very familiar with this topic. You say you liver enzymes are elevated, if so which ones and by how much? What is your direct bilirubin... (more)

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by 45 · August 16, 2013 8:31 PM

Hi Guys, I wanted to know if there is ANY chance of beta-carotene from plant sources? I eat about 2 sweet potatoes, plus carrots per day. Everything I've seen on this seems to say there's no problem with this as any excess beta-carotene is... (more)

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PaleoGod 0 · August 16, 2013 3:28 PM

I wouldn't worry about it too much humans can't convert all of the beta carotene they absorb into vitamin A. I believe that less than 10 percent is converted correct me if I am wrong.

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by 0 · April 07, 2013 2:52 AM

Supposedly Vitamin A can be toxic to the liver if taken in excess. Except in the form of beta-carotene. This had me nervous because I'm currently eating 2 sweet potatoes along with 6 cups of chopped broccoli a day. I've been doing this for months.... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · April 07, 2013 2:52 AM

Beta carotene is pro-vitamin A, meaning, no vitamin A activity until the body converts it to a useable form. It's impossible to overdose on beta carotene because our bodies will simply reduce the conversion to next to nothing in the case of large... (more)

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by 1920 · January 09, 2013 2:20 PM

I'm making the assumption that like me, most of you eat a vast amount of vitamin A rich foods. So I'm wondering if anyone else has had this thought about too much Vitamin A in our diets? I for one eat loads of oily fish, red meat, eggs, butter,... (more)

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scottts 0 · January 09, 2013 2:20 PM

I agree with David Moss' answer and would add that with the amount of A and D we typically get its very important to get enough K2. After reading the book Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox, I added K2 supplementation. A and D work together to... (more)

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by 43 · March 03, 2013 9:22 AM

If my poop is always orange after eating anything with beta carotene, does that mean the Vitamin A isn;t being converted or /and absorbed? cause I know I am Vitamin A deficient because I took too much Vitamin D, but I don't know if I am absorbing... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · January 05, 2013 3:25 PM

Beta-carotene absorption is quite a challenge because it's an extremely water-insoluble compound, which is why it's best consumed with fats. It's probably likely that you're absorbing some of it, but not all, that's what most people do. Most... (more)

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by 1213 · November 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

So I do weight lifting 4-5 times a week and I really need my carbs to fuel up and recover properly otherwise my performance sucks. I've been drinking a lot of vegetable juice and eating a lot of sweet potatoes and carrots. But all the damn... (more)

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dzone 0 · November 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM

What rep range are you working in that you "need carbs"? I'm very low-carb even by Ketogenic standards and have no issues with workouts on either 3x8, 3x3 or 5x5. I guess if you are doing 4x12 or something that might be more of an issue. ... (more)

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by 14507 · September 06, 2012 5:43 PM

How do we now if LOW conversion of ALA to DHA and beta carotene to retinol means POOR conversion... Couldn't it be optimal conversion? I have always beens suspicious of this, and there seems to be more and more evidence that having a proper ratio... (more)

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Matt_11 0 · September 06, 2012 2:16 PM

From my chemist point of view, our bodies don't particularly like to keep around highly reactive things. DHA/EPA is a good example. They are less stable (thus more reactive), our bodies don't want a lot of these around, so it makes sense that... (more)

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by 824 · January 02, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I came across this article in the newspaper a few days ago about the dangers of excess beta-carotene. http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/News/2012/05/Potential--Dark-Side--Found-for-Diets-High-in-Beta-carotene/ I eat large amounts sweet... (more)

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zefri 0 · January 02, 2013 at 12:22 PM

What does these all mean!!! Shall I take Anti oxidant pills with Beta Carotene or not!!!!

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by 55 · May 18, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Hello, guys. So, I'm on a LC diet, with around 65% fat, 25% protein, 10% carbs. I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm trying to address some of the deficiencies caused by not eating so much fruits/vegetables. These are the values of vitamins &... (more)

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Lady_Arwen 0 · May 04, 2012 2:23 PM

Here's a post I wrote on n=2 experiment of supplementation with low carb: http://paleohacks.com/questions/111743/what-supplementation-foods-have-you-dramatically-changed-when-shifting-from-highe#axzz1tuXq4vpL FYI most Paleo people supplement with... (more)

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by 8883 · February 14, 2012 4:50 PM

4 months ago I started having rashes at random moments. I never understood what it was. Now it looks like it's a retinol supplement I was taking sporadically. I know I don't tolerate pumpkin and carrots very well, and I also know I was severely... (more)

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Dragonfly 0 · February 14, 2012 4:50 PM

Two different things going on here, from what I can see. Not tolerating pumpkins and carrots may be FODMAPS intolerance. Yes, Vitamin D & A can compete for some of the same receptors. Best to get your D level tested and supplement/sun to... (more)

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by 824 · January 18, 2012 8:39 AM

Lately the color of my urine has been darker in the morning. I disregarded it at first but this has been ongoing for the past month and decided to do some Googling regarding this issue. According to a few websites darker urine can be a result of... (more)

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Christopher_Gagnon 0 · January 15, 2012 3:22 AM

Beets and some other foods can discolor urine, as well as the B-vitamins and carotene mentioned previously. None of these provide reasons to worry. However, since no one else has mentioned it, I'd like to add that very dark urine (especially if... (more)