Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, Retinol Rich Recipes
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is also a powerful antioxidant.
We get vitamin A from a variety of sources. Two of the most common sources are retinol and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is also called Retinol as it makes the pigments for the retina of the eye.
Retinol is present in animal sources like dairy products, eggs, fatty liver and fish.
The other type of Vitamin A, which is obtained from colorful fruits and vegetables, is in the form of “pro Vitamin A” carotenoids, which are converted to retinol by the body after the food is ingested.
Beta carotene, a type of carotenoid which is found primarily in plants, needs to first be converted to active Vitamin A in order to be utilized by the body. Sources of vitamin A include yellow-orange fruits and vegetables like carrots, mango, papaya, peach, tomatoes, pumpkin, muskmelon etc. and other vegetables like spinach, broccoli, capsicum etc.
The daily RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A is 4,800 micrograms (MCG). Any vegetable or fruit which has 1,000 mcg or more is considered high in Vitamin A. Cooking carrots make the Vitamin A more bio available to the body and cooking it with a oil or ghee makes it even absorbable to the body.
Vitamin A plays a critical role in maintaining healthy vision. In its retinal form it combines with the protein ‘opsin’ to form rhodopsin which is an essential light absorbing molecule that aids is vision, especially in dim light. A prolonged deficiency of vitamin A can lead to night blindness.
Apart from vision, other functions of vitamin A are cell growth, building immunity, promote healthy skin, and being an antioxidant it neutralizes the action of free radicals in the body, which can cause cellular damage. Consuming a diet high in antioxidants is also a way to naturally slow ageing.
5 Key Functions of Vitamin A
5 Key functions of Vitamin A
Promote Healthy Skin
Neutralise harmful free radicals
As a source of beta carotene, you will find a vast range of vitamin A rich recipes in this section. Try your hand at Broccoli, Carrot and Paneer Subzi, Pineapple and Papaya Juice, Healthy Tomato Soup, Nutritious Jowar and Tomato Chila and so on…..
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