vitamin a


Babies From Space

…ok, just babies in a sun-bed.

These babies in an orphanage are getting a sun-bath, which was once a common procedure during the winter months in order to stave off vitamin D deficiency in those who couldn’t or didn’t go outside.

The skin produces vitamin D when it’s exposed to the sun, and without vitamin D, the body can’t absorb or utilize calcium, resulting in weakened bones and a host of other problems, which, when it occurs in children, is called “rickets”. In adults, chronic vitamin D or phosphorus deficiency leads to osteomalacia, which is a similar condition, but does not lead to stunted growth, obviously.

The stylish goggles protect the baby’s eyes, as they’re easily damaged by direct exposure to ultraviolet light.

Learn more about rickets, scurvy, and other historic nutritional disorders, in my recent mental_floss article.

5% pure retinol! Helps stimulate cellular renewal and collagen production! Minimizing fine lines, age spot, blemishes, discoloration and minimize pores! The .5 is great to start off on because it prepares your skin for the 1.0. Start using it once a week in the p.m. Then work yourself up to a couple times a week and keep going slowly till you can do it a few times a week. Only use in the p.m because it is photosensitive! It really has helped keep my skin smooth, I cannot live without this product. LOVE IT!

P.S. It’s good to use your retinol in 3 month intervals. so 3 months on and 3 months off, it’s important to give your skin a break! Plus it’s not the best idea to use this in the warmer months!!! :)

Vitamin series! I will be working my way from vitamins A-Z :) 

Vitamin A: there are two main components of vitamin A

  • carotenoid including beta & alpha carotene 
  • retinol 

Carotenoid: You may have heard of this term before- especially that if you have too much you will turn orange! But don’t worry that is extremely rare & carotenoids have so many health benefits that will make you forget about that! 

Health benefits of carotenoids: 

  • Antioxidants 
  • Anti Inflammatory 
  • Enhances immune system
  • Promotes cell to cell communication (which may prevent cancer) 
  • Helps the female reproductive system 

Retinoid: This is another popular term now a day especially because of the use of retinoids in skincare! However apart from preventing wrinkles and treating acne retinoids play a very important role in our health! 

Health Benefits: 

  • critical for vision health 
  • promotes immune system 
  • helps protect digestive system 
  • promotes cell growth and development 
  • can help prevent strokes 
  • prevents aging 
  • reduces acne 

Top foods containing Vitamin A: 

  1. Sweet Potatoes 
  2. Carrots 
  3. Spinach
  4. Kale
  5. Collard Greens 
  6. Squash 
  7. Cantaloupe 
  8. Bell peppers 
  9. Papaya 
  10. Mustard Greens 

Golden Rice could help millions, but some are fighting to block it

Vitamin A deficiency is a serious public health concern. Around the world 2 million people suffer from it, and it’s estimated to kill 670,000 children under the age of 5 each year. According to the World Health Organization up to 500,000 children a year become blind due to vitamin A deficiencies. Sounds like a global problem that could use all the technology that we have, right?

One of the promising solutions is a grain called “Golden Rice.” Around the world, 3.5 billion people consume over 80% of their daily calories from rice. Golden Rice is infused with a high amount of vitamin A and is a low-cost, efficient way for local diets to incorporate vitamin A into the daily routine. Yet no one’s eating Golden Rice, and over the last decade it’s been besieged by criticism, protests and even sabotage. Why? Because Golden Rice is a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO).

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Essential guide to essential vitamins & their food sources

There’s a reason certain vitamins and minerals are prefaced by the word “essential” — your body needs them to function properly, as this infographic from illustrates.

And that doesn’t mean you need to be popping supplements left and right. You can get those key nutrients from eating the right foods. This infographic maps out each vitamin’s functions, as well as the foods you can eat to benefit from those vitamins.


[More Health Infographics Here]