If you aren't familiar with what beta-carotene is, not to worry, we've got you covered. It is a red-orange pigment found in plants and fruits especially in colourful vegetables and...you guessed it, carrots! One of the great aspects of beta-carotene is that it converts into vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin.
October 8 is World Sight Day. As I reflect on World Sight Day 2015's call to action: "Eye care for all", I'm struck by how much Canadians have already contributed towards one key aspect of eye care -- preventing blindness.
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The concept of "hidden hunger" isn't new, but it's not something that the average person is aware of. Hidden hunger happens when people don't eat a variety of healthy and nutritious foods. They may be getting enough food to fill their stomachs, but they aren't consuming the right balance of nutrients, vitamins and minerals.
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In the coming months, a unique alignment of global events has the potential to fuse together leadership, partnership, commitment, and action for nutrition that could change the lives of millions. The opportunity is right in front of us if we are courageous enough to seize it.
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Canada made a concerted effort to end malaria deaths in this country a century ago and is now supporting efforts to do the same around the world as part of leadership on MNCH. I'm optimistic that the discussion around 'no missed opportunities' will help move us much more quickly towards a world free of preventable deaths among women and children and one free of diseases like malaria.
WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.
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Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.
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You've already been told vitamin A is great for the eyes, immune system, bones and teeth, but there's so much more to this powerful compound. Firstly, there are two forms of vitamin A, says registere...
The colour red is something many Americans associate with Canada. The flag; a red-and-white hockey jersey; the sign at Tim Horton's. My association is a bit different. I think of red too -- tiny, life-saving, life-changing red from Canada. I think of millions of little red capsules of Vitamin A and the leadership Canada has shown in putting these capsules and other resources to work alleviating malnutrition globally.
There are so many sunscreens on the market with SPF's going as high as 100. It's hard to know which are protecting your skin and which are really just loading it with harmful chemicals that are being absorbed into the blood stream. So, I wanted to give you some quick facts to help you pick the right sunscreen.
Building and maintaining excellent vision isn't something that happens without effort. Even if you believe nothing can be done to help your vision, taking steps to improve nutrition can go a long way...