Heavy smokers know your limit!

By 20. December 2012Blog, Health, Nutrition

Heavy smokers could actually increase their chance of developing lung cancer if they are taking over 20 mg per day of β-carotene supplements.

That was the conclusion of two scientific papers published back in 2010. This was surprising as previous publications had found correlations between increased β-carotene serum levels and decreased cancer incidence in humans. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) set up a panel to investigate and have concluded that up to 15 mg per day have not been reported to have adverse health effects on the general population including heavy smokers.

The full statement is available on the EFSA website