Vitamin A is one of the most widely acknowledged nutrients to support healthy skin and has been used as an effective treatment for severe acne and psoriasis since the 1980s. Vitamin A influences the physiology of the skin by promoting cell growth and naturally inhibiting sebaceous (skin oil) gland activity.
Vitamin A promotes cell regeneration in the skin, and is therefore effective in preventing the formation of comedones, which are the main type of pimples that cause form part of the most common types of acne and breakouts.
Essentially, boosting your intake of Vitamin A will see your skin repairing and regenerating its cells more quickly and will help your body to regulate skin oil production.
Here are our top 6 foods rich in Vitamin A:1. Carrots: You may not know it, but the humble old carrot contains one of the highest levels of naturally occurring Vitamin A of any food. Cooked, raw, it doesn’t matter. Get it into you!
2. Dark, Leafy Greens: Kale, Spinach, Turnip Greens, Collards and Chard to name a few are perfect examples of dark leafy greens that are near on bursting with Vitamin A. Include them in your salads and smoothies and your skin will LOVE you for it.
3. Squash: Along with Pumpkin, Squash is quite high in Vitamin A. Butternut squash is a truly yummy way to boost your Vitamin A intake. Mash it, roast it or make a soup – any way is tasty, give it a go.
4. DriedApricots: These tasty morsels are extremely high in naturally occurring Vitamin A. You may feel like you are cheating, but along with Prunes and Dried Peaches, eating Dried Apricots is a great way to support your skin’s health.
5. Cantaloupe: Everyone loves eating juicy, yummy Cantaloupe because it gives us a feeling of summer. But we should also appreciate it for its nutritional value, as not only is it high in Vitamin A, but a medium sized wedge contains only 23 calories and 0.1g of fat! Fantastic!
6. Capsicum: We use them in our salads, on pizzas and roast them on the barbie, but did you know the humble old Capsicum is also incredibly high in Vitamin A? Keep eating these yummy veggies – cooked or raw they are great for the skin!
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