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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Vitamin A blesses your Colon as much as Fiber!

Your skin & outer barrier is technically called “epithelial tissue," and this frontline/epithelial tissue is mostly made of fat. The structure of Vitamin A causes it to be a fat-soluble vitamin that benefits these fatty tissues. The frontline/epithelial tissues include your skin, the outer layer of your eyes, mouth, nose, throat, digestive tract and urinary tract. This frontline is your body’s first line of defense against disease and infection.
Also, Vitamin A helps to strengthen the mucous membranes of your body. And the mucous membranes are another frontline defense for your body against infection. Vitamin A is very important for keeping your frontline barriers such as the skin, eyes, nose, throat, lungs, digestive tract & urinary tract strong. This will help you fight off and protect you against infection.
Vitamin A plays a role in the development of lymphocytes. These are the cells of your immune system that fight off bacteria and disease.
The benefits of Vitamin A is good for your eyes in 3 major ways: helps prevent night blindness, prevents cataracts, like Vitamin C, and helps to preserve eyesight.  AMD (Age-Related Macular Degeneration) is one of the leading causes of blindness in people older than 65, about 31% of Americans 75 and older has it. One study suggests that eating just one serving of a food high in Vitamin A or beta carotene a day can reduce the chances of AMD by almost half. One major study involving female nurses shows the ones who got their beta carotene from foods had about 20% fewer heart attacks than those who didn’t. Vitamin A helps in the creation of important proteins used throughout your body. This is important because your muscles are made from proteins and proteins also affect your genes.
Speaking of proteins, Vitamin A benefits pregnant & nursing mothers in protein and growth hormone development for the developing fetus. They also help in forming the heart, eyes, limbs and ears. Excess vitamin A during pregnancy is a big no-no. Talk to your doctor first before you decide on supplementing with Vitamin A. They also aid in red blood cell formation and help to transport iron to your blood cells. To get the full benefits of Vitamin A, get at least 10,000 to 15,000 IU per day. And it’s good to get both the preformed version (which comes from animal sources such as eggs, liver, poultry & dairy) and from carotenes (these come from plant sources). 1 large egg has around 320 IU of preformed Vitamin A while 1 medium carrot has about 8,000 IU of beta carotene.
Gram for gram, beef liver contains more nutrients than any other food: vitamin A, all of the B vitamins, particularly B12, folic acid, copper, and much more. Kale: 162% of Vitamin A in one serving to recommended daily values (2,000 calorie diet) - AWESOME!

Kale chips
1 red pepper
Kale on top of my counter with the sunshine making it extra beautiful!
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1 tsp. cayenne pepper

Add a small amount of water if needed to make a nice "paste" or "sauce."
Rinse approximately 8 cups of fresh kale. Gently tear off kale from stems and place in large bowl. Pour oil of choice (see below) into bowl and toss until kale leaves are coated. Add salt to taste (I use approx. 1 t.). Mix. Add "paste"of peppers and onion and mix with hands. If using a dehydrator, place kale on trays and dehydrate at 110 degrees for 4-12 hours. This can also be done in an oven at 225 degrees for 2 hours.

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