What is the safest way to make sure I get enough beta-carotene?

The best way to get the positive effects of beta-carotene without the unnecessary risks is to make a habit out of eating lots and lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, including spinach, carrots, greens and red peppers. The supplement can be taken in a liquid, pill or capsule form but has potential risks and side effects. For this reason, supplements should only be taken under the supervision and recommendation of a doctor.

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