Supplements: Beta-carotene increases risk of lung and stomach cancer

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Food should provide all the minerals and nutrients the body needs to function but some people choose to take supplements too. Taking nutritional supplements may seem benign but they can carry risks, not least because it is easy to take too much. One nutritional supplement that comes with a health warning is beta-carotene.

Important advice

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has also issued important advice about taking beta-carotene supplements.

According to DHSC, you should be able to get the amount of beta-carotene you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

“If you decide to take beta-carotene supplements, it’s important not to take too much as this could be harmful,” the health body advises.

It continues: “Do not take more than 7mg of beta-carotene supplements a day unless advised to by a doctor.

According to Macmillan Cancer Support, breathing in other people’s smoke (passive smoking) also increases your risk of developing cancer.

“Keep your home smoke-free to protect you and your family’s health. If you smoke, giving up is one of the most important things you can do for your health.”

The charity adds: “Eating a balanced diet is good for your overall health and helps reduce your risk of some cancers. It can also help you to keep to a healthy weight.”

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