The Benefits of Vitamin A That You Don't Want To Miss
The benefits of vitamins are proven...what about the benefits of vitamin A?
You've heard this before:"Eat your carrots if you want to have a good vision". It's true but there are other vitamin A benefits, vitamin A info and facts about vitamin A that you should know.
There is confusion surrounding vitamin A because pure vitamin A can lead to a cumulative toxic overdose.
Should we take supplements? If you choose to do so, choose your vitamin A supplement carefully.
Here Are Some Interesting Facts
About Vitamin A
- Vitamin A has been found in the retina..this is why it's also called retinol...(also called provitamin A)
- Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin.It's stored in the liver
- First vitamin to be found (in 1913)..this is why it's called vitamin A..for the first letter of the alphabet
- In countries where malnutrition is present, vitamin A is used to prevent childhood infectious diseases. Vitamin A is essential for those populations
- It's recommended to never take pure vitamin A supplements
- Long supplementation, except for beta-carotene, should be done under madical supervision
- Symptoms of vitamin A toxicity are dry skin, dry eyes, brittle nails, hair loss, nausea, anorexia, fatigue, headache, diarrhea, loss of appetite, osteoporosis
- Vitamin A is found in animal products such as liver, meat, fish(cod liver oil), eggs, milk...
- Pregnant woman should limit their retinol intake or take beta-carotene
- It is better to take a mix of carotenoids which are beta-carotene, lycopen, luteine, alpha-caroten
- Your body will converts carotenoids into vitamin A if needed and once it is transformed into active retinol you'll get the same benefits
- Beta-carotene is a organic compound, a pigment that gives the orange or yellow color to fruits and vegetables
- High doses of beta-carotene aren't toxic at all...the only side effect is named carotenodermia which means that your skin turns orange!!
- Foods containing vitamin A or Beta-carotene are carrots, sweet potato, apricot, mango, papaya, cantaloup, pumpkin, dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach
- Vitamin C, zinc, protein defiencies and a consumption of too much alcohol can affect the conversion of carotene into vitamin A
Here Are The Benefits Of Vitamin A
- It helps in the growth of bones and teeth
- It helps to maintain a good eyesight
- Plays an important role in the reproduction process
- It helps to maintain healthy hairs, nails and immune system
- Vitamin A contributes to a healthy skin but also to the mucous membranes (eyes, respiratory tract, intestines) which are the first line of defense against bacteria and viruses
- It promotes the absorption of iron
Each vitamin is important. The benefits of vitamin A are proven so make sure you get your daily dose.
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