Vitamin A


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Sometimes I wonder if my body will ever look as good as I want it to. I want to be gorgeous, and be able to dress as sexy as I want, without looking out of place for it. I dunno. It's just hard to picture myself getting to the point I'd want.

I use to look like this

Now I look like this

Give it time.

These vitamin-fortified bananas might get you thinking differently about GMOs
More than 100,000 children around the world die every year from a lack of vitamin A.
By Nathanael Johnson

It’s not the first time there has been controversy over the use of genetic engineering to solve vitamin A deficiency. Since 1982, researchers have been trying to genetically engineer carotenes into rice. In 2000, the cover of Time declared that “golden rice,” as it was named, could “save a million kids a year.” But that was premature: The successful development of golden rice has been thwarted by both technical challenges and protesters.

This is a lot bigger than a squabble between student protesters and scientists. More than 100,000 children around the world still die every year from a lack of vitamin A. The pro-GMO and anti-GMO contingents have accused each other of taking advantage of these vulnerable people to advance their own causes. There’s no doubt that biotechnology boosters have used Golden Rice as a public relations tool, and there’s also no doubt that it could be a legitimate solution that has been delayed by protests.

Now we’re seeing the beginnings of the same debate as researchers from Iowa State, Uganda, and Australia team up to reengineer the staple food of Uganda, the cooking banana. Clearly, this strategy can be both difficult and controversial, so why do people keep trying to genetically engineer their way out of malnutrition?

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This is the boy I wanted to become. This is me and I can finally say I am my true self now. These smiles aren’t faked. They are genuine which could not have been said in the past for any picture that has been taken of me. I am free. I am happy. I am complete. I am me.

Michiyo Tsujimura   辻村みちよ

(1888–1969) Biochemist and agricultural researcher

Michiyo Tsujimura was the first woman in Japan to earn a PhD in chemistry. The majority of her research work was focused on the chemical components of green tea, which led to her earning a second doctoral degree, this one in Agriculture, as well as a patent for her method of extracting vitamin C crystals from plants.

Number 155 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Best Foods to Promote Good Eye Health

Our eyes allow us to see all the beautiful treasures of the world. A sunset, fireworks, the people we love, all would just be sounds and touches without our eyes, so if we’re lucky enough to have our sense of sight it’s important that we take care of it. While not sleeping in your contacts and wearing sunglasses are good starters, there are also ways to promote healthy eyes from the inside out, and like all things Cheap Vegan, you can afford to do it on a budget. Here are some great foods and habits to keep your eyes healthy and strong.

  1. Omega-3s Chia seed, Cauliflower, Cloves, Mango, Berries, Winter Squash, Flax Seed
    Besides being amazing for your brain and overall health, omega 3s help protect against dry eyes, macular degeneration and even cataracts. 
  2. Lutein and Zeaxanthin Leafy Greens, Avocado, Peas, Broccoli
    These foods helps protect your eyes against things like cataracts and macular degeneration.
  3. Vitamin C Bell Peppers, Citrus Fruit, Kale, Broccoli, Strawberries
    This also helps protect against cataracts and macular degeneration and also boosts your immune system!
  4. Vitamin ACarrots, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Cantaloupe
    Besides also protecting against catacts and macular degeneration, vitamin A also helps promote good health on the surface of the eye, mucous membranes, and skin by helping them create barriers against infection. It also helps against dry eyes.
  5. Not smoking
    Like most heath issues, smoking only exacerbates and ups the likelihood of problems in your eyes. Not only that, but the cigarette smoke can dry eyes out and lead to itchiness and redness in eyes.