Who’s afraid of the big, bad…banana? Apparently plenty of people. They’re concerned that “franken-bananas,” or those that have undergone gene manipulation may do more harm than good.
Shape.com reported that scientists have unlocked a way to modify bananas so that they contain much more Vitamin A. Bananas with this modification could help many malnourished people, and may even prevent some from going blind due to vitamin A deficiency.
New Mexico is known for cuisine that reflects the combination of the Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and American cultural traditions. A few of the most common foods found in this style of diet are blue corn, enchiladas, sopapillas, and red and green chilies. Green chilies are harvested when they are green and turn to a red color as they ripen. Green chilies are typically known for their somewhat mild, bitter taste and sinus cleansing heat, but the nutritional benefits are often overlooked.
Green chilies are extremely rich in vitamins A and C (the dried version higher in vitamin A while the raw or fresh version is higher in vitamin C). In fact, a single green chili contains six times more vitamin C than an average sized orange. Green chilies are also a good source of the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamin B and E, and iron and potassium which allows them to help block the body’s absorption of cholesterol and help promotes normal body functioning.
If you’re like most people, you probably take a multivitamin or some sort of supplementation in pill form. After all, most of us don’t eat perfectly all the time. But, if you’re like me, and tend to get nauseous from taking a supplement (even with a full meal and plenty of water), you know how miserable taking anything in pill form can be. That’s why when I saw a new type of inhalable vitamin in Popular Science magazine, I was kind of pumped. No more horse pills? Sign me up!
Now the new technology isn’t fully proven or studied by an independent source, but the manufacturer of LeWhif Vitamin says that eight “hits” of its Breathable Vitamins supplies 100 percent of the daily recommended amount of A, B1, B2, B3 and B5. Inhaling the vitamins — instead of digesting them — allows the vitamins to be delivered straight through the bloodstream and therefore in a more efficient and concentrated manner. (more…)
If you have ever heard the suggestion to eat your carrots for good vision, you were actually being told to eat a food high in vitamin A.
Vitamin A not only helps with vision but it is an antioxidant, which means that this substance can prevent damage to our bodies’ cells and also help with repairing damage. Additionally, vitamin A helps with maintaining our skin tissue and it is necessary for our cell growth. It also helps fight off infection, which in addition to the benefits listed above, makes vitamin A essential for our bodies.