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Eye & A in a Carrot a Day

Carrot A Day - Pro:Kinesis Personal Training, High WycombeWe need Vitamin A for many functions, amongst which are the well known ones with regard to your eyes and vision, like helping you see better at night and helping prevent many eye disorders. The fact is severe deficiency can lead to night blindness, corneal ulceration and irreversible blindness, but did you know that Vitamin A can also help build resistance to respiratory infections. This is because it is essential for the function of mucous membranes in the respiratory tract. Vitamin A also helps build strong bones, keeps your teeth, gums & hair healthy, and helps to keep your skin and organs healthy. Plus when applied topically it can improve acne and help remove fine lines and age spots. Vitamin A has many other uses, and we really should be thinking about how we can include this vitamin regularly in our diet.

Vitamin A is fat soluble and stored in the body’s liver, so doesn’t need to be consumed every day, but you do need  fats and minerals in order for this vitamin to be absorbed properly by your body. Vitamin A also acts as an antioxidant, protecting the cells against free radical damage. It comes in two forms, Retinoids which are only found in foods of animal origin, and Provitamins like carotenoids which are found in foods of plant origin.

As an example, one medium carrot gives almost all of the vitamin A you need for one day. Though the best other natural sources include; apricots, butternut squash, orange melon, mango, fish liver oil, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, peppers, eggs, dairy products, turkey, chicken, beef and of course liver.

Certain health issues may mean you need to supplement with vitamin A, however supplements should be taken with caution as they can be toxic if taken in large quantities, so try to find this vitamin in natural food sources if you can. If you feel unsure and know your diet is poor in these natural sources then ask your doctor to advise.