Vitamins and minerals are essential for us humans. Let us create a detailed database of them in order to know what can help us in case we fall ill and from what sources we can replace our bodies’ deficiencies.
This type falls into the group of vitamins called carotenoids, which give vegetables and fruit their characteristic yellow-red colour. Carotenoids themselves are not so much vitamins but rather one level below. In other words, from carotene our body can produce vitamin A, which happens especially in the small intestine and liver.
This group of substances is necessary for our bodies and there are about 600 types of them, the most significance for us being beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene.
As regards human body, vitamin A is most beneficial for our eyes. It is the best prevention for, and in its own way can treat, night blindness as well as strengthen our eyesight and even treat some vision disorders.
However, these are not the only positive effects of vitamin A on our health. It is also essential for healthy mucous membranes, keeps gums healthy, and aids in treating such skin problems as eczema and acne. It promotes bone growth and strengthens hair and nails and boosts the immune system. For women, vitamin A is particularly important during pregnancy, as it contributes to healthy fetal development. Lycopene can even have anti-tumor effects.
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