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7 Sources of Vitamin a That Brighten up Your Skin ...

By Heather

Food-based sources of Vitamin A are nature’s own beauty remedy for any skin issue you could think of. This powerful nutrient acts as an antioxidant when you consume food-based sources instead of supplements and creams. Vitamin A can brighten your skin, clear up acne, fight wrinkles, create a smoother look to your skin, and it can also fight off discoloration and pigmentation problems. Eat more of my favorite sources of Vitamin A and I bet in just a week you’ll notice a huge difference in your skin!

1 Carrots

CarrotsNature’s candy, as many might call it, is one of the best sources of Vitamin A there is. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is the form of Vitamin A found in food-based sources. Carrots also contain Vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, and make the perfect afternoon snack!

2 Sweet Potatoes

Sweet PotatoesEating just one sweet potato gives you over 100% of your daily Vitamin A needs. This sweet, starchy root vegetable is also high in potassium and fiber. Choose orange-fleshed sweet potatoes over other types such as purple sweet potatoes for the highest Vitamin A content.

3 Goji Berries

Goji BerriesThis tart little superfood has over 1000% of your daily Vitamin A needs in just ¼ of a cup! Incredible, right? Gojis are also especially high in amino acids, fiber, and have hormone-boosting properties. I also like goji powder, which is lower in sugar than the whole berries per serving.

4 Cantaloupe

CantaloupeWho doesn’t love cantaloupe in the spring and summer? This low-sugar melon is also high in water, making it especially hydrating to your skin. Plus, it contains a good dose of Vitamin C, another power nutrient for your skin.

5 Spinach

SpinachSpinach is such a nutritious green! There’s almost no vitamin and mineral it doesn’t contain, with Vitamin A being one of the most abundant of them all. Spinach contains over 100% of your daily Vitamin A in just one cup. To obtain the most Vitamin A, it's best to consume spinach raw instead of cooked, and always buy organic.

6 Spirulina

SpirulinaThis dark green sea algae is my number one favorite source of Vitamin A. Not only does it contain over 880% of your daily Vitamin A contents in just 1 teaspoon, but it also has 150% of your daily Vitamin B12 content, 80% of your daily iron content, and more protein than meat per serving. You can easily use spirulina in a smoothie and mask the taste with a banana or stevia if needed.

7 Kale

KaleKale is great for everything, including your skin! With loads of Vitamin A, C, iron, and fiber, kale is just begging for you to eat more of it! One cup of kale contains right over 80% of your daily Vitamin A needs. Kale smoothie, anyone?

Most all leafy greens are especially high in Vitamin A, as are orange veggies. You can usually bet that anything with a bright green, orange, or reddish hue is a great source of Vitamin A. Remember that plants and vegetables are the best options for obtaining sources of Vitamin A over animal sources. Start by eating more Vitamin A-rich foods and your skin will be like brand new, all with a few delicious bites! Which one of these foods is your favorite, and how do you use it the most?

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