Sweet Summer Skin + Holiday Season Recovery

V i t a m i n   A / Beta-Carotene

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Considering a lot of people have been enjoying their Christmas and New Year holiday break, and with some hot summer days recently hitting us over here in Australia we thought we’d talk carrots, vitamin A and beta-carotene.

Did you know that not one single fruit or vegetable on this planet actually contains vitamin A? Many are rich in beta-carotene, especially carrots, which the body converts into Vitamin A. The only way to absorb vitmain A directly is through animal products, which is also the only way you can overdose on this micronutrient. More ideally, when consumed as beta-carotene your body can regulate the amount of vitamin A produced, preventing the body from overdosing and becoming toxic. 

 

Alcohol + vitamin A

Depleted vitamin A content has been reported in human alcoholics – alcohol consumption prematurely increases the breakdown of the liver, and the liver is also where we store our fatty vitamin A, hence its destruction when drinking alcohol. 

 

Sun Protection + vitamin A

The ancient Greeks discovered that a powerful antioxidant found in carrots worked as a natural sunblock. Carotenoids, including beta-carotene help protect and condition the skin, they increase the skin’s immunity against the sun and help in healing sunburn.

 

Our skin, mouth, throat, nose and lungs also depend on vitamin A to remain moist. So a regular glass of just carrot juice should make that annoying, dry cough disappear quite easily. 

 

Here are a few more benefits of Vitamin A:

- keeps our skin glowing

- helps our eyes adjust to light

- assists healthy bone growth

- assists tooth development

- assists cell division

- helps regulate our immune system

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