Golden Rice: Triumph for Science
By Paul TengSINGAPORE, Jul 28 2021 (IPS) After almost two decades, Golden Rice was approved last week by the Philippines authorities for use as food. This together with the approval of the bioengineered Bt eggplant represents a landmark victory of science over misinformation; it will provide consumers with improved nutrition (Golden Rice) and safer food (Bt eggplant). Paul TengBIOTECHNOLOGY CROPS have been controversial in spite of overwhelming support for their safety by the scientific community. This is specially so for the class of biotechnology crops commonly called ‘GMO’ or genetically modified organism. The cont...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul Teng Tags: Asia-Pacific Biodiversity Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking for Use of Vitamins for CVD, Cancer Prevention
Task force recommends against use of beta - carotene, vitamin E for prevention of cardiovascular disease or cancer in adults (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - May 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Family Medicine, Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pharmacy, Journal, Source Type: news

Researchers engineer probiotic yeast to produce beta-carotene
(North Carolina State University) Researchers have genetically engineered a probiotic yeast to produce beta-carotene in the guts of laboratory mice. The advance demonstrates the utility of work the researchers have done to detail how a suite of genetic engineering tools can be used to modify the yeast. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 12, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Carrots are healthy, but active enzyme unlocks full benefits
(University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences) Carrots are a good source of beta-carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. But to get the full health benefits of this superfood, you need an active enzyme to produce this vitamin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Golden meat: Engineering cow cells to produce beta carotene
(New Harvest) Scientists exploit carotenoid pathway used in golden rice to grow nutritionally enhanced, cell-cultured meat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 15, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

A genetic mechanism for sexual dichromatism in birds
Sexual dichromatism, a difference in coloration between males and females, may be due to sexual selection for ornamentation and mate choice. Here, we show that carotenoid-based dichromatism in mosaic canaries, a hybrid phenotype that arises in offspring of the sexually dichromatic red siskin and monochromatic canaries, is controlled by the gene that encodes the carotenoid-cleaving enzyme β-carotene oxygenase 2 (BCO2). Dichromatism in mosaic canaries is explained by differential carotenoid degradation in the integument, rather than sex-specific variation in physiological functions such as pigment uptake or transport. T...
Source: ScienceNOW - June 10, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Gazda, M. A., Araujo, P. M., Lopes, R. J., Toomey, M. B., Andrade, P., Afonso, S., Marques, C., Nunes, L., Pereira, P., Trigo, S., Hill, G. E., Corbo, J. C., Carneiro, M. Tags: Evolution, Genetics reports Source Type: news

No clear path for golden rice to reach consumers
(Washington University in St. Louis) Heralded as a genetically modified crop with the potential to save millions of lives, Golden Rice has just been approved as safe for human and animal consumption by regulators in the Philippines. The rice is a beta carotene-enriched crop that is intended to reduce Vitamin A deficiency (VAD), a health problem in very poor areas. But a new study finds that most families at risk for VAD can't grow Golden Rice themselves, and most commercial farmers won't grow it either. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A Tasty Way to Enjoy More Carrots
WEDNESDAY, June 26, 2019 -- Carrot sticks are fine for a snack, but that ' s far from the only way to get these tasty veggies into your diet. Carrots are naturally high in beta carotene, and they ' re great for liver and skin health. These sweet root... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - June 26, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Do Gummy Vitamins Work? Here ’s What Experts Say
Gummy vitamins are increasingly popular—and not just for kids. By some estimates, adults now comprise up to 80% of the gummy vitamin market. “Pill fatigue” is one factor driving grownups toward gummies. If you have to take multiple supplements every day—and especially if you have problems swallowing capsules or tablets—gummies can make that chore easier (and tastier), finds a 2017 report from the AARP. But do gummy vitamins work the same as ordinary supplements? “It’s a lot harder to make a good gummy than it is to make a tablet or capsule,” says Dr. Tod Cooperman, president ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition Source Type: news

Vitamin or Mineral Supplements Don ’ t Prevent Dementia
B vitamins; beta carotene; vitamins C, D or E; zinc, copper or selenium — none proved effective in preventing cognitive decline. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - February 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Vitamins Antioxidants Selenium (Element) Dementia Source Type: news

The cold and flu remedies these nine experts swear by
Dr Daniel Glass, a dermatologist on London's Harley Street, says carrots and celery in chicken soup contain beta-carotene, which supports the immune system and fight off infections. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Are Pistachios Healthy? Here ’s What Experts Say
You can find the shelled green nuts everywhere, from airport kiosks to health food stores. But are pistachios as healthy as they’re cracked up to be? Here’s what the experts say. What are the nutrition facts of pistachios? Pistachios are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients, including beta carotene, phosphorus, vitamin B6, thiamine, potassium, magnesium and fiber. Compared to other nuts, they are also high in carotenoids, a type of antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of chronic disease and improves heart health, says registered dietitian Kristin Kirkpatrick. You can also eat a lot of them in just one...
Source: TIME: Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Cassie Shortsleeve  Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime Source Type: news

Health Tip: Understanding Antioxidants
-- Antioxidants are substances in food that may delay or prevent some types of cell damage. Fruit and vegetables are prime sources of antioxidants, which include vitamin C, selenium and beta-carotene, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH)... (Source: - Daily MedNews)
Source: - Daily MedNews - July 24, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

11 Best Foods For Your Immune System
The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition, 100 Most Healing Foods, which is available in stores, at the Meredith Shop and at Amazon. Vitamin C has a reputation for being a feel-good nutrient, so it will come as no surprise that this list is full of foods with high levels of it. In the body, vitamin C behaves as an antioxidant, which means it protects cells from free-radical damage. Consuming it also helps the body better absorb iron, which is critical for normal immune-system function. Although foods high in vitamin C won’t stop your flu symptoms, eating them regularly may help prevent...
Source: TIME: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized Diet/Nutrition healthytime Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Four causes of an orange tongue
Looking in a mirror and seeing that the tongue has turned orange may be alarming, especially when a person has eaten nothing containing food coloring recently. In this article, learn what causes an orange tongue, including infections, medications, and beta carotene. We also describe what other colors may indicate. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - April 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ear, Nose and Throat Source Type: news