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THE SUPPLEMENT PLACE

Vitamin A 

Foods with Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin whose main compound is retinol, which is strongly linked to eye health.* Vitamin A is readily available in meat, fish, poultry, and dairy products. Many fruits and vegetables contain beta carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin, all of which are converted into provitamin A in the body. Sweet potato, carrots, spinach, and apricots are particularly good sources of vitamin A.

Circle placing carrots over her eyes

Deficiency Problems
  • Dry eyes, vision problems, and potential for permanent damage to the eyes including blindness* (1)
  • Weakening of the immune system and increased susceptibility to infections and diseases* (2)
  • Hair loss* (3)
  • Skin problems* (4)
  • Anemia, due to low iron status* (5)

Supplements of Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a vital role in health and growth. It is essential for vision, healthy skin and hair, and boosting the immune system as well as helping to maintain fertility and fetal development.*

Woman feeling her hair

A healthy diet usually provides a good amount of vitamin A, but some people may need to supplement it. 

Inadequate bile production and chronic exposure to cigarette smoke and/or alcohol can affect the absorption of vitamin A.

Vitamin A is included in most multivitamins and is also available as a stand-alone supplement. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that is stored in the body. This means that taking too much can lead to high amounts of vitamin A in the body.

Disclaimers:

You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products.   *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9537797 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8354037 
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30547302 
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/13018993 
  5. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/ 
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