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What is vitamin A?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. Vitamin A (also called retinol) helps your eyes adjust to light changes when you come in from outside and also helps keep your eyes, skin and mucous membranes moist. Vitamin A mostly comes from animal foods, but some plant-based foods supply beta-carotene, which your body then converts into Vitamin A. It also has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.

It's recommended that women consume 800 mcg and men consume 1000 mcg of vitamin A daily.

Food sources of vitamin A

Food sources of vitamin A include: beef liver, egg yolk, cheddar cheese, fortified milk.

Food sources of beta-carotene include: sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin, cantaloupe, broccoli, apricots,s pinach, ccollard greens.

Deficiency of Vitamin A

True vitamin A deficiency in the United States is rare. Deficiency of Vitamin A leads to: keratinisation of the nasal and respiratory passage epithelium, night blindness. Other signs of possible vitamin A deficiency include decreased resistance to infections, faulty tooth development, and slower bone growth.



 






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October 22, 2017