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A Green Monster’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition: Vitamin A (beta-carotene)


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You’ve probably heard of Vitamin A before, as it’s also called beta-carotene (an important antioxidant) when obtained through dietary sources versus Vitamin A supplements. Found abundantly in fruits and vegetables, this vitamin can do everything from keep your skin healthy, to improve your immune system function and more.  Vitamin A is easy to get in a plant-based diet and is essential for healthy aging, protection of the skin and other major organs. It also aids in the production of healthy blood and cellular function.

Though some animal foods do contain Vitamin A (namely just dairy), plant-based foods are a much better source that don’t come with the inflammatory properties that dairy and animal foods do. Plant-based food sources of Vitamin A are also less toxic to the body and when eaten from food sources, toxicity from Vitamin A doesn’t occur like it can with synthetic sources.

An important part of your immunity, Vitamin A helps fight off free radicals, reduces inflammation, and can also enhance the color and appearance of your skin, hair, and eyes. It’s also been found to reduce the rates of cancer and even acne. Plant-based sources of Vitamin A also come with fiber, other antioxidants such as Vitamin C, and as you’ll see below, tons of flavor!

Eat your way to a healthy immune system and natural glow with these plant-based foods.

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