Vitamin A is a bountiful source of carotenoids alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants hunt down and eliminate free radicals throughout the body to curb oxidative stress in the cells of organs and tissues. Research links these fat-soluble compounds to reduced inflammation and inhibition of tumor growth. Lutein and zeaxanthin, two other carotenoids present in butternut squash, help curtail macular degeneration in the retina. Studies suggest diets rich in carotenoids could help lower chronic inflammation and many issues that arise with it, including dementia. While ingesting isolated vitamin A from supplements could prove toxic in high quantities, consuming dietary vitamin A from butternut squash should have no adverse effects because your body will only absorb and use as much as it needs.
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