People often don’t realize that fruits and vegetables are so high in vitamin A, they can also be high in other antioxidants.
Now, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered why.
It turns out that the high-vitamin A content in fruit and vegetable foods can help keep skin and hair healthy and prevent wrinkles.
The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also found that eating a high-protein, low-fat diet can boost vitamin A levels in people with advanced prostate cancer.
“The main thing is that vitamin A is not only a great skin nutrient, but it also helps prevent wrinkles,” says lead researcher Shari G. Rabinowitz, PhD, a professor of preventive medicine at UC Berkeley.
“Vitamin A helps protect against wrinkles, and that helps reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.”
Vitamin E, found in foods like almonds, pistachios and almondsweet, is also a great source of vitamin A. The researchers found that people who ate nuts, whole grains, beans and legumes, and drank moderate amounts of alcohol had higher levels of vitamin E in their skin than people who didn’t.
People who ate a high protein diet had more vitamin E than people with a low protein diet.
And people who were overweight or obese had more than those who were normal weight.
“People who eat a lot of fruits and veggies have high levels of a vitamin called vitamin E, which is important for skin and skin health,” says Rabinowsky.
“People who are overweight or have a lot to lose also have a higher amount of vitamin D in their body.”
The researchers also found a link between vitamin A and a number of health benefits, including better circulation and heart health.
“It’s really important to understand that this is a dietary thing,” Rabinowski says.
“It is not necessarily good for your skin.
But the idea is that if you consume a lot, and you do a lot with your food, you’re going to have a good health.”
The study found that women who consumed a high amount of fruits, nuts and vegetables had a higher rate of diabetes and heart disease than those with a lower amount of fruit and nuts.
And women who ate more vitamin A had a lower risk of death from heart disease.
Women who ate high amounts of vegetables also had a better cholesterol profile than women who didn´t eat a large amount of vegetables, which suggests that they might have a more protective effect against cardiovascular disease.
“We know that the vitamin A in fruits and vegetable is really important for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease,” Rabbackowitz says.
“Vitamin C is a really good antioxidant, and this is another one of those antioxidants that’s really beneficial for heart health and that protects against heart disease.”
People who consume more vitamin C also had less type 2 diabetes.
The scientists are working to figure out why this might be.