Carotenoid status among preschool children with vitamin A deficiency in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mary V. Gamble, Neal A. Palafox, Barbara Dancheck, Michelle O. Ricks, Kennar Briand, Richard David Semba

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Although carotenoids are known to be important dietary sources of vitamin A, there have been few epidemiological studies that have characterized the serum concentrations of major dietary carotenoids among preschool children with vitamin A deficiency. We conducted a population-based, cross-sectional study of serum provitamin A carotenoids (α-carotene, β-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin), non-provitamin A carotenoids (lutein/ zeaxanthin, and lycopene), and retinol among 278 children, aged 1-5 y, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Vitamin A deficiency was defined as serum retinol

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)336-340
Number of pages5
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004



  • α-carotene
  • β-carotene
  • β-cryptoxanthin
  • Children
  • Republic of Marshall Islands
  • Retinol
  • Vitamin A deficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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