How well do you know your vitamins and their benefits? Here, NaturalCures’ expert, Diane Elms D.H.M.H.S., CCI, CCII, homeopath and specialist in Drugless Cancer Care, shares her knowledge. . .
Vitamin A is the often forgotten anti oxidant, yet it is so important, especially for women’s breast health. I bet most of you could tell me what the benefits of Vitamin C are? Probably the same amount of readers could list off the benefits of Vitamin E as an antioxidant. Now I am only guessing but probably very few would be able to list off the benefits of Vitamin A or what foods have the highest amount of Vitamin A in them. That is OK because after this article you will know.
When I studied iridology, I was fortunate to study the Bernard Jenson style as well as the international style of iridology. Bernard Jenson had his PhD, was a doctor of chiropractic and a master nutritionist. On the back of my iridology chart of the iris of the eye there is a nutritional chart listing the parts of the body and then the vitamins, minerals and herbs that are good for that part of the body. Under mammary gland, commonly known as the breast, it lists 2 vitamins. You guessed it, Vitamin A as well as Vitamin B1.
Give your body what it needs to heal itself
Often during a consultation I will note a specific reddish, brown marker in the breast area. That specific reddish, brown colour can represent a Vitamin A deficiency.
As a natural health care practitioner, I believe if you give your body what your body needs and help eliminate what your body can’t use, your body will then have the ability to heal itself. Pretty strong statement but it is true. We do not command our bodies to heal a wound if we cut ourselves. The body does it all by itself. I am always in awe when I think of a pregnancy. How our body knows when it is time to open the cervix and even when it is time to push the baby out. Our body gives us all sorts of signals as to what it needs. Our job is to listen and then take action.
With that stated, it only makes sense to understand good breast health requires the right anti oxidant and that is Vitamin A.
I know there is a lot of talk about taking Vitamin A for eye sight which is true but it is also beneficial for hair, nails and skin. In my opinion it is critical for breast health.
10,000 units a day
You can obtain Vitamin A in a variety of foods starting with sweet potatoes. The orange and bright yellow foods are higher in Vitamin A such as cantaloupe, apricots, paprika, carrots and butternut squash. As well dark leafy green vegetables and some herbs are good sources of Vitamin A. You need 10,000 units of Vitamin A for a daily dose. Here is an example, 100 grams of carrots provide about 16,000 units of Vitamin A.
As well we still need to take Vitamin C 3000 units daily and Vitamin E 400 units daily. I like to get my vitamin E from almond milk.