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Vitamin A activity of buriti (Mauritia vinifera Mart) and its effectiveness in the treatment and prevention of xerophthalmia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2718919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The fruit of buriti, a palm tree that grows wild in some regions of Brazil, contains beta-carotene in its oily fraction in a concentration 10 times higher than that of red-palm oil. The effectiveness of buriti sweet in the treatment and prevention of xerophthalmia was tested in 44 children aged 43-144 mo through daily supplementation with an amount corresponding to 134 micrograms retinol equivalent over 20 d. The results demonstrated that this natural food source of vitamin A can reverse clinical xerophthalmia and restore liver reserves of the vitamin, suggesting its possible utilization in intervention programs to combat vitamin A deficiency in countries where the fruit is available or has the potential for cultivation.
J G Mariath; M C Lima; L M Santos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of clinical nutrition     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0002-9165     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Nutr.     Publication Date:  1989 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-06-09     Completed Date:  1989-06-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376027     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  849-53     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Departamento de Nutrição, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Carotenoids / analysis
Child, Preschool
Fruit / analysis*
Plant Oils / analysis
Vitamin A / analysis*,  blood
Xerophthalmia / diet therapy*,  prevention & control
beta Carotene
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Oils; 11103-57-4/Vitamin A; 36-88-4/Carotenoids; 7235-40-7/beta Carotene

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