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Case Study: [Yellow, but healthy. Report of 4 cases of diet-induced carotenosis].

Note that the "slightly increased Vitamin A levels" means that they had hypervitaminosis A.

[Yellow, but healthy. Report of 4 cases of diet-induced carotenosis].

Four women who had been following a "healthy" diet based on carrots and citrus fruits for some time presented with yellow-tinged skin. All four patients had high carotene levels in the blood, and three were also found to have slightly increased vitamin A levels. The other laboratory test results were normal. They were prescribed diets that did not contain carotene-rich foods, and both skin colour and laboratory tests returned to normal.

I will pull out the important parts for ease of reference:

  • Carrots and citrus fruits were their main carotenoid (Poison/"Vitamin A") sources. I like the quotes on "healthy" diet. *snort*
  • They got yellow skin.
  • High beta-carotene levels in the blood (called serum beta-carotene).
  • High Vitamin A levels in the blood (called serum retinol).  This came directly from the carotenoids, folks!
  • Avoiding high-carotenoid foods got their skin, blood beta-carotene, and blood Vitamin A levels BACK TO NORMAL.

It is important to understand that there is a direct cause-and-effect relationship laid out here for you.

Foods, including high-carotenoid ones, can cause Poison/"Vitamin A" toxicity all by themselves.  Anyone who says they cannot is ignorant of the evidence.

Dr. Garrett Smith, the "Nutrition Detective"
Licensed Naturopathic Physician (NMD) in Arizona, home of the Love Your Liver program
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