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Nutrition :: Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an essential part of your diet, but do you know why your body needs it? Get the 411 on this vitamin!

Vitamin A - Why Is It Good For You?

Like most vitamins and minerals, vitamin A helps your bones grow and keeps your body healthy. But vitamin A also plays a special role in your eyesight. Vitamin A helps you see at night, which is great for when you're trick-or-treating on Halloween. Vitamin A also keeps your skin and hair healthy and shiny. If your body doesn't get the vitamin A that it needs, then you'll suffer from vitamin A deficiency. It's pretty rare in North America, but really common in third world countries. In fact, up to 500,000 malnourished kids suffer from night blindness and then go completely blind each year cuz they lack vitamin A in their diets.

Vitamin A - What Foods Can It Be Found In?

Give your body the vitamin A it needs by filling up on milk, eggs, carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, liver and orange-colored fruits such as apricots, peaches, nectarines, cantaloupe and mangos. Vitamin A can be lost from foods when you cook them, so bake or broil your meats instead of frying them, and steam your veggies - or just eat 'em raw.

Vitamin A - Did U Know?

  • Retinol is the most useful form of vitamin A. In cosmetics, it's used to treat skin problems like acne and wrinkles.
  • Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. That means it gets stored in the fat tissues of your body and waits there until your body needs them.
  • The recommended daily intake of vitamin A is 600 micrograms (mcg) for kids aged nine to 13, 700 mcg for teen girls and 900 mcg for teen guys.
  • An excess of vitamin A is just as dangerous as a deficiency. Too much vitamin A can lead to dry skin, brittle bones - and even death.
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Favorite Source of Vitamin A?

  • Eggs.
  • Milk.
  • Carrots.
  • Cantaloupe.

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Abbergrl
Abbergrl posted in Family Issues:
My mom can be that way too. There's nothing like that, you're exagerating, you dont even know what you're talking about. When all tthaat time I was going through it. She didn't have a clue honestly.
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StarrChild
Two years ago my parents broke up. I was never really the same after that point. My mother she began to just not care about anything. She would go out clubbing every Friday and would yell at me for my attitude towards it. Why would I be okay with her doing that??? I didn't really realise it but I began feeling kind of depressed. Of course we didn't fight all the time but when we did I would always end up crying alone in my room. And it would be really painful. One time I cried every night for a week because of her. A week ago, I felt really sick at school so I went to the sick bay but my Mum refused to believe I was sick. She thought I was lying and being over dramatic as usual. I felt really horrible after that, that the teacher sent me to the guidance councellor and almost immediately I burst into tears. I didn't even know why I did but the councellor did a little test on me and came to the conclusion I was slightly depressed and had anxiety. It wasn't really surprising but hearing it out loud just felt really weird. Even after knowing that fact my mother doesn't really act any different. She's not a bad person I swear but she can just be really horrible at times. Anyways, that's technically whats been happening in my life lol. Nothing really interesting
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Froggers
theres this guy that i really REALLY like, im not sure if he likes me back. i put my mobile # on a piece of paper and slipped it in his locker, he hasn't texted or called me yet. Today at lunch i asked his friend to ask if he likes anyone but his friend keeps lying to me and won't tell me if he said anything. The guy and I were best friends in 5th grade but now that we're in different classes we don't talk much anymore. My friends said that i have a chance with him and that we have a lot in common, but im pretty sure he likes this other girl but im also pretty sure he likes me. I want to make a move but i don't wanna end our friendship i don't know what to do.
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LUCYQWERTY123
LUCYQWERTY123 posted in Friends:
it can be anyone u want but it should be someone who has the true friendship qualities and trust-worhtiness :) :)
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
It's good to have both to talk too about things. But, what's the point of being with someone if you can't trust them enough to even tell them things?
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