What is vitamin A?
Vitamin A is a generic term for a large number of related fat soluble compounds. It is found 'preformed' (retinol) in meat and dairy products and as 'provitamin' A in fruit and veg (see carotenoids)Why does it matter to me?
Vitamin A acts as an antioxidant (cleansing/repairing), protecting your DNA from distortions that can lead to cancer. It is essential to make your immune system function normally and is vital in protecting your body from infection.Did you know?
• It’s very important in the enabling of good sight (development and maintenance)
• It plays a crucial role in the growth, repair and maintenance of your body
• It’s essential for maintaining the health of your skin
• It's also very important for embryo and foetal development
In the 1930's a London fever hospital reduced the death rate in children suffering from measles by 60%, by administering a daily dose of cod liver oil which is high in vitamins A and D.
What does vitamin A interact with?
Iron: Vitamin A works with the iron in your body to develop red blood cells.
Zinc: For vitamin A to work properly, your body also needs Zinc.What if I don’t get enough?
Vitamin A deficiency leads to impaired sight and a real vulnerability to infectious disease with potentially fatal consequences.What’s the best way to get vitamin A?
Because of vitamin A being a term for a collection of compounds, food sources have different potency. For example the beta carotene in carrots can be converted by us to vitamin A at a ratio of 12:1, whereas the pre-formed vitamin A (retinol) in meat fish and dairy products can be a more powerful dietary source.Am I getting enough?
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