Vitamin A

Vitamin A

 

Vitamin A is a group of fat compounds vital  for many functions in the body. The majority of the vitamin A in the body is stored in the liver.

Deficiency

In western countries, Vitamin A deficiencies are rare. In other parts of the world, a lack of vitamin A is the main cause of blindness and impaired vision. Night blindness is one of the signs of Vitamin A deficiencies.

Other symptoms of vitamin A deficiencies include:

 

  • Nerve Damage
  • Weak smell and taste
  • Rough, Dry skin
  • Impaired reproductive function
  • Reduced capability to sweat
  • Dry mucous membranes
  • respiratory illness

Groups at a higher risk of developing vitamin a deficiency

  • Vegans
  • Premature Infants
  • Expecting Women in Developing Countries
  • People with cystic fibrosis
  • People with gastrointestinal diseases.

 

Excess  Vitamin A

Excess Vitamin A can cause liver damage since it is a fat soluble. Excess Vitamin A, is usually caused by Vitamin A supplements and not from natural Vitamin A found in foods.

  • Hair loss
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite
  • Dry skin Blurred vision
  • Skin irritation
  • Headaches
  • Pain in the joints
  • coma
  • Bone pain
  • Reduced growth in children
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness

Where Vitamin A is Found

Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal food sources.

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Beef liver
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Cheese
  • Potatos
  • Pumpkin
  • Bell peppers
  • Squash
  • Peas
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Bell peppers
  • Mangos
  • Sweet potatoes

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