Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene

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Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is very important to good health. Vitamin A allows the body to maintain a healthy integumentary system. Skin, teeth, skeletal tissue, soft tissue, and mucous membranes are all a part of this system.

Beta-carotene is an antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals are considered to be a contributing factor in the development of chronic diseases such as cancer.

So, what does all of this have to do with vaginitis?

According to Pizzorno & Murray (2012), vitamin A and beta-carotene are very necessary components for the normal growth and integrity of epithelial tissue including vaginal mucosa. Both vitamins are essential for immune health and the body’s resistance to infection.

This is what makes Vitamin A and beta-carotene very important regarding vaginitis.

So, where can you find vitamin A?

Cod liver oil

Eggs

If you’re not into animal foods than there are plenty of vegan friendly options as well.

Orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are vitamin A powerhouses.

Sweet Potatoes! Here’s one of my favorite vegan sweet potato recipes here:

Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Carrots- I’ll be the first to admit that I really don’t enjoy carrots. However, I can tolerate them if they are hidden in my favorite foods. Here’s a vegan macaroni and cheese recipe that features carrots:

Vegan Mac and Cheese

Dark Leafy Greens- Kale, Collard greens, mustard greens, Swiss chard and turnip greens are all very good options that have a lot of vitamin A. I personally really enjoy kale salad. Here’s one of my favorite recipes from hot for food:

Vegan Kale Caeser Salad

References

Claiborne, J. (2015, February 16). Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes. Retrieved from Sweet Potato Soul: http://sweetpotatosoul.com/2015/02/perfect-roasted-sweet-potatoes.html

Miller, C. (2015, September 5). Easy Vegan Mac and Cheese. Retrieved from Buzzfeed: http://www.buzzfeed.com/carolinemiller/quick-and-easy-vegan-mac-and-cheese#.erMnJdv8L

Pizzorno, J. E., & Murray, M. T. (2012). Textbook of natural medicine. Paradise Valley: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

Vegan Kale Caeser Salad with Te,peh Bacon. (2014, March 17). Retrieved from Hot for Food: http://www.hotforfoodblog.com/recipes/2014/3/17/vegan-caeser-salad-with-tempeh-bacon

Wax, E. (2015, February 2). Vitamin A. Retrieved from University of Maryland Medical Center: umm.edu/health/medical/ency/articles/vitamin-a

 

 

 

 

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