Sunday, March 13, 2011

Nutritional value of beets - Part 6: Vitamin A

Beet greens

Beet greens - raw: Vitamin A
Measure: 38g (1 cup)
Calories: 8

Vitamin A

A single cup of beet leaves provides approximately half the RDA of this vitamin for an adult person. How good is that?

The RDA of Vitamin A for an adult male is 5000 IU of Vitamin A daily; for an adult female, the RDA is 4000 IU.

So what are the Vitamin A health benefits gained by eating raw beet tops? 

Everyone wants to have beautiful skin. It is our largest organ and its appearance tells us and the rest of the world a great deal about us. When it is glowing healthfully, this indicates that our entire body is healthy. 

Skin disorders, such as acne and psoriasis, are often improved by consuming Vitamin A. Vitamin A is also essential for:
  • human reproduction 
  • the manufacture of adrenal and thyroid hormones and their activities,
  • maintaining healthy, properly functioning nerve cells
  • maintaining a healthy immune system
  • cell growth
  • healthy vision
Consuming Vitamin A in its nutrient-rich natural source is the best method to use because nutrients function in balance and coordination with other nutrients and trace elements present in whole food.

Carotene-B (also called beta-carotene), a phyto-nutrient found in abundance in all parts of the beet root plant, is transformed by your liver into Vitamin A. 

See the following posts for more information on the health benefits of beets:

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