Vitamins are organic substances that are found in food in small quantities and are necessary for normal functioning of the body. The organism, in general, can not produce vitamins by itself. Some vitamins can be synthesized in small quantities in the body, exclusively from provitamins.
Vitamin A is the first found vitamin, the first bioactivity ever isolated, so it is named with the first letter of the Latin alphabet – A. This vitamin is especially important for maintaining good vision, it’s important for good condition of the bones, skin, hair, teeth and gums. Without enough vitamin A, the body is prone to infection.
This vitamin is one of the most active antioxidants and it also protect the skin from harmful sunlight. It is especially important in the treatment of acne and small wrinkles. It has been proven that vitamin A acts prophylactically (preventive measure) in some cancers, helps to lower the level of bad cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease. Vitamin A is also necessary for the proper function of the immune, skeletal, respiratory and reproductive system.
Daily requirements usually are easily met with normal, everyday intake of nutritious food. Most of the vegetables we consume have this vitamin and incorporating them into our daily diet we don’t need to worry, at least for this vitamin. In spite of fact, as we mention, that most of the vegetables have enough DV of this crucial vitamin, we present the richest one. Let’s take a look.
One of the healthiest vegetables is good source of vitamin A also. Cup of broccoli contain almost 50% DV of this vitamin. Broccoli are perfect for stir-fry, pasta, salads, casseroles, soup etc.
Beside many vitamins, lettuce is good source of vitamin A too. One cup of lettuce provides little bit more of 50% DV of this vitamin.
Admin favorite. Carrots provade 250% DV of vitamin A. Pastas, curries, soups, stews, stir-fry’s you name it, this vegetable has huge range of variations. Enjoy.
Perfect source of vitamin A. Only one cup of collard greens has almost 300% DV of vitamin A. Combine them with garlic, tomato paste and pepper flakes. You can also consume them raw in salads.
With 350% DV of vitamin A per one cup, kale is among top 3 richest vitamin A source between vegetables. For those who never cooked kale, it goes perfectly with cauliflower florets and olive oil and with peas. It’s good addition to omelets or scrambled eggs even it’s good as pizza topping. Try it.
One cup of spinach contain little bit less than 400% of our vitamin A daily value. We can consume this amazing vegetable both in hot and in cold dishes. Try it combined with scrambled eggs or for cheese lovers, try it with mac and cheese.
Sweet potatoes are winner in this group. They are huge vitamin A source. Did you know that one baked sweet potato has more than 500% DV Vitamin A. This versatile vegetable can be consumed roast, baked, mashed, fried etc. Enjoy.
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