Vitamin A – What’s it good for??

Vitamin A 

Vitamin A is a little known and very much overlooked in the vitamin world.  It plays a very important part in keeping our immune system working at its peak level, which means it helps to protect us from infections (something as we age we become more acceptable to).  This little known vitamin has an impact on our eyes and skin. 

Especially night vision issues.  A deficiency in Vitamin A can lead to blindness, dry eyes,macular degeneration,  and cataracts.

Vitamin A increases the production of white blood cells and antibodies,  Both are needed to fight off infections.

Vitamin A also is important for the urinary system.  It helps prevent stones from forming.  Which if you’ve ever suffered from stones, you wouldn’t wish it on your worst enemy!

This vitamin also acts as an antioxidant, which means it neutralizes harmful substances in our bodies that can damage cells that can lead to cancer.

Vitamin A can also delay signs of aging.  If you take a supplement, you might notice fewer wrinkles and better skin elasticity. Think Retinol!

We all know that we need calcium in our diet to help out our bones, right?  Well, you need Vitamin A to help our bodies absorb the calcium needed.  It also helps with muscle building.

As far as cholesterol goes, Vitamin A breaks it down and gets it out of the body before it can build up in our arteries.

So now you know all the benefits of Vitamin A, but how do we make sure we’re getting enough of it in our diets? Getting your vitamins through food is always better than through a pill.  The following foods are rich in Vitamin A:  Carrots, eggs, almonds, tomatoes, fatty fish, red bell peppers, cheese, cantaloupe, whole milk, butter, fish oils, broccoli, lettuce, and fortified cereals

The daily recommended dose of Vitamin A is about 320mg.   This is easily achieved through a well balanced diet which includes the above mentioned foods.  

However, there is a percentage of people whose bodies just doesn’t absorb the necessary amount of Vitamin A (no matter how much milk or broccoli they eat!)

For them, a supplement or prescription from a doctor could be warranted.

So while Vitamin A is very much an underrated part of our DNA makeup, it really serves a very important role in our continued good health.

 

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