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Monday, July 02, 2007

Featured Nutrients: Why You Need Them

Featured Nutrients: Why You Need Them

Beta Carotene

What it does:
In the body, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A, a nutrient essential for healthy vision, immune function and cell growth. It also acts as an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals.

How much you need:
There's no RDA for beta carotene.

Food Sources of Beta Carotene:
Eat plenty of dark green vegetables and orange vegetables and fruits (papaya, mango) weekly to meet your vitamin A needs and reap beta carotene's potential antioxidant benefits.

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