Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that you can either get from animal products such as liver, fish, and dairy or you can get precursor chemicals, such as beta-carotene, with which your body creates Vitamin A from yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as cantaloupe, apricots, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

You may best know vitamin A as being essential to good vision. It produces the pigments in the retina of your eye, which help you deal with changing light. It also helps to form and maintain soft tissue, mucous membranes, and skin throughout your whole body, as well as teeth and skeletal tissue.

Vitamin A also has protective effect in your immune system. It helps your skin and mucous membranes repel hostile microbes more effectively. Beta-carotene is an anti-oxidant with protective effects against cancer.

5 Vital Vitamins and Minerals: A, B9, B12, Calcium, D3

From now on, I want you to think in Latin whenever you see the word vitamin. That’s where the root vita, meaning life, comes from. So think of vitamins as vital and be sure, especially during winter, that you’re not vitamin deficient in any of them—as some 93 percent of Americans are. Vitamins and the […]

Health Benefits of Peaches

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It’s one of my favorite times of year. Peach season. Peaches start ripening in May, but the best peaches aren’t plucked until June, and then continue through August or September. And there are few foods on this earth more perfect than peaches. As sweet and delicious as any dessert, but as healthy and nutritious as […]

Beets: 6 Great Health Benefits

woman holding beets
When Britain restricted access to cane sugar, Napoleon had an easy fallback. He made beets the primary source of sugar for his troops. Beets are a tremendous source of nutrition—not just healthy, natural sugar, but plenty more as well. Today, let’s take a look at the biggest reasons beets should be a part of your […]

Prevent Macular Degeneration with Supplements

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Impaired vision and total blindness are far more common than most people realize. In fact, more people lose vision to some degree than lose hearing or cognitive function. I don’t know why so little attention is paid to what can be a very serious problem. Especially when the most common form of impaired vision is […]

Winter Squash’s Health Benefits

In season right now is one of the most under-appreciated foods I know. Winter squash is a squash grown in the summer, harvested in the fall, and devoured in the winter. It has a hard exterior that can keep it fresh for a long time without refrigeration. Beneath that tough shell is vivid orange or […]

Vitamins You Need for Good Eyesight

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How is your eyesight? When I ask my patients that question, they usually reply that they wish it was better. Here’s some good news: According to the results of a recent study, whole foods and supplements for good health are just as beneficial for eyesight as they are to overall health. That means that better […]

Should You Wear Sunscreen? Know the Risks

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Maybe you saw the recent story about a man who burst into flames after applying sunscreen. Yes, it really happened, and to more than just one person. Some spray-on sunscreens are flammable, so people who apply it before going out to the barbecue grill or other open flame are in danger of catching on fire. […]

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Herb Garlic Butter

Sweet potatoes are not only delicious, they’re also filled with cold-fighting vitamins A and C. I recommend organic produce whenever possible. Serves 6 to 8 Ingredients: 4 – 5 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed 4 Tablespoons organic butter 3 cloves garlic, minced finely 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary 1 teaspoon minced […]
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