What is Vitamin A?

What is Vitamin A?

“Vitamin A is an essential vitamin needed for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function, and reproduction.”

Benefits of Vitamin A:

  • lowers risk of cancer
  • helps treatment of type-2 diabetes
  • promotes healthy skin and hair
  • rich in antioxidants

Problems Linked to Deficiency of Vitamin A:

  • night blindness
  • increased risk of infections
  • fertility issues
  • delayed infant growth

Sources of Vitamin A:

  • organ meats (e.g liver)
  • fatty fish (e.g salmon)
  • fish oil
  • butter
  • milk
  • cheese
  • egg
  • pumpkin
  • carrots
  • sweet potatoes
  • papaya
  • mango
  • broccoli
  • spinach
  • zucchini
  • pepper

Recommended Intake of Vitamin A

  • “From 1 to 3 years, the requirement is 300 mcg per day
  • From 4 to 8 years, it is 400 mcg per day
  • From 9 to 13 years, it is 600 mcg per day
  • From 14 years, the requirement for males is 900 mcg per day, and for females, 700 mcg per day
  • For women aged 19 to 50 years, the requirement is 770 mcg per day during pregnancy and 1,300 mcg per day while breastfeeding”

Consequences of Overconsumption of Vitamin A

  • cracking or itchy skin
  • double vision
  • brittle nails
  • hair loss
  • weak bones
  • vomiting
  • headaches
  • decreased appetite
  • gum disease
  • fatigue
  • liver disease

Thank you for reading this weeks blog, if you enjoyed the read feel free to comment any opinions or new blog suggestions down below!

Thanks,

Rohini

Sources used:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219486.php?sr

https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/vitamins/facts-about-vitamin-a/

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