Other Name(s) of Vitamin A:

  • 3-Dehydroretinol,
  • 3-Déhydrorétinol,
  • Acétate de Rétinol,
  • Antixerophthalmic Vitamin,
  • Axerophtholum,
  • Dehydroretinol,
  • Déhydrorétinol,
  • Fat-Soluble Vitamin,
  • Oleovitamin A,
  • Palmitate de Rétinol,
  • Retinoids,
  • Rétinoïdes,
  • Retinol,
  • Rétinol,
  • Retinol Acetate,
  • Retinol Palmitate,
  • Retinyl Acetate,
  • Rétinyl Acétate,
  • Retinyl Palmitate,
  • Rétinyl Palmitate,
  • Vitamin A Acetate,
  • Vitamin A Palmitate,
  • Vitamin A1,
  • Vitamin A2,
  • Vitamina A,
  • Vitamine A,
  • Vitamine A1,
  • Vitamine A2,
  • Vitamine Liposoluble,
  • Vitaminum A.

What is Vitamin A?

There are 2 types of vitamin A. The first type, known as ‘fully formed’ vitamin A, is found in meat, poultry, fish and dairy products. The second type, known as precursor or provitamin A, is found in fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products. The most common type of precursor vitamin A found in foods and dietary supplements is beta-carotene.

You need vitamin A for your eyes, especially for being able to see properly at night. It is also important for your immune system and for your skin. You can only get Vitamin A from food and drink.

Vitamin A promotes growth and repair of body tissue, healthy eyes, good night vision and a strong immune system.

Skin Care. Vitamin A is probably the most important vitamin for the appearance of the skin.

The nourishing benefits of Vitamin A along with natural protective moisturizers help to keep your skin soft, smooth and young looking.

Vitamin A is also responsible for our sexuality. Without proper amounts of Vitamin A, the gonads (a gland in which sex cells, also known as gamates, are produced) can’t manufacture our sex hormones, then release them into the bloodstream to announce to our bodies that we are male or female. These hormones regulate our sexual desires and abilities. The word ‘Hormone’ comes from the Greek word horman, which means “to excite.”

For males proper amounts of Vitamin A can mean healthy sperm and sexual virility. For females it means responsiveness, and the ability to conceive.

Where You Get Vitamin A?

  • Liver and fish oils
  • Whole and fortified milk and eggs
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach
  • Other leafy green vegetables
  • Yellow squash, peaches and apricots
  • Herbs and spices of black pepper, cayenne, chili, cloves, ginger, mustard seed, turmeric, sage, thyme, cumin, dill, allspice, fennel, fenugrek, basil, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, peppermint, curry, paprika, nutmeg, tarragon, caraway seed, anise, chives, savory, saffron, parsley and chervil. (Source: Nutrition Data)

All of the above foods provide Beta and other carotenes.

RDA: 800 RE for adult women; 1,000 RE for adult men.

Caution: Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses, and when taken during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

Your body stores excess vitamin A so you don’t exceed the RDA.

Beta Carotene and Vitamin A

Beta Carotene promotes vision and eye health and helps prevent night blindness. Natural Beta-Carotene is a non-toxic form of Vitamin A that is easily converted by the body as needed.

Beta Carotene may be referred to as provitamin A in some literature because it is easily converted by the liver into Vitamin A (retinol).

While excessive amounts of vitamin A may be toxic, the body will only convert as much Beta Carotene as needed, making it a safe source for Vitamin A.

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