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Vitamin A - the growth vitamin

Begin today to include more raw natural sources of Vitamin A, the "growth vitamin" into your diet. Carotene is converted by the liver and intestinal wall into usable vitamin A. Once absorbed, it flows throught the bloodstream to cells throughout the body. The liver stores excess vitamin A, releasing it when necessary. The eyes are a well-known barometer of vitamin A deficiency. Night blindness (the inability to see well in a medium-dim light) is a major symptom. Vitamin A helps fight infection by providing for the defense of the mucous membranes which the germs attack (protection against colds, sinus infection...).

Some foods that contain Vitamin A include: Wheatgrass, Broccoli, apricots, carrots, cantaloupe, parsley, asparagus, butternut squash, red hot peppers, dandelion, pimento.

Cooking destroys vitimins and enzymes in your foods so an easy and excellent way to incorporate more Vitamin A foods into your diet is to juice them. Below is a recipe from the popular book Juicing For Life by by Cherie Calbom and Maureen Keane.

Carotene Cocktail
In a juicer:
Handful of parsley
Handful of spinach
4-5 carrots (greens removed)
1/2 apple
Bunch up the parsley and spinach and push through the hopper with carrots and apple...enjoy!

(Personal note from the web master:
I like to add a very small amount of ginger root (1/4" slice or less) and celery. It tastes so good!)

 

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