Orange fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, are rich in beta-carotene.  When we eat those foods, our bodies convert the beta-carotene into Vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining a strong immune system.

Vitamin A is especially important for areas that are affected when we get a cold:  It keeps the mucous membranes that line our nose and throat – one of the body’s first lines of defense – healthy and functioning properly.

The surface of our eyes have a similar membrane which needs Vitamin A.  Our retina inside the eyes also needs Vitamin A to function properly. 

So, eat those orange carrots and sweet potatoes to help avoid colds this winter and to keep your vision bright!

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