Vitamin A

Vitamin A was discovered in 1912 by an English biochemist called Frederick Gowland Hopkins. Hopkins was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1929 for this discovery. The scientific name of Vitamin A is Retinol. It is a fat-soluble vitamin. It acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body. It plays a critical role in maintaining vision, neurological function, healthy skin. It fights against free radical damage.

Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA)

Recommended intakes for vitamin A for people aged 14 years and older range between 700 and 900 micrograms (mcg) of retinol activity equivalents (RAE) per day. The recommended daily amount of vitamin A is 0.7 mg for an men and 0.6 mg for women.

Uses of Vitamin A

  • Protects and Improves eyesight
  • protects from common eye problems such as cataracts
  • prevents from skin problems like acne
  • promote healthy wrinkle-free skin
  • helps in remove age spots
  • boosts bone health
  • slows the aging process (anti-aging)
  • promotes healthy hair and nails
  • strengthens the immune system against colds, flu and infections,
  • helps prevent macular degeneration of the eyes,
  • develops bones and teeth
  • Prevents Urinary Stones
  • promotes normal working of both male and female reproductive system, powerful antioxidant that protects against cardiovascular disease and cancer by neutralizing free radicals in cells,
  • builds healthy skin and mucous linings that act as a protective barrier against viruses and bacteria.
  • Treats measles
  • Repairs Tissues

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Rich source of Vitamin A

  • Milk
  • butter
  • carrot
  • Papaya
  • Egg yolk
  • Orange
  • leafy vegetables
  • spinach
  • ripe yellow fruits
  • animal liver and fish liver
  • pumpkin
  • asparagus
  • beets
  • broccoli
  • chili peppers
  • kale
  • mustard
  • spirulina
  • yellow squash
  • sweet potatoes
  • apricots
  • cantaloupe
  • mangoes
  • peaches

Vitamin A Deficiency Problems

  • teeth problems
  • slow bone formation
  • night blindness
  • dry eyes (which can ultimately lead to blindness)
  • rapid weight loss
  • loss of hunger
  • loss of smell and taste
  • rough dry skin
  • increased susceptibility to colds and viral infections sinusitis, frequent infections of the bladder or urinary tract
  • tendency to abscesses in the ears
  • Dry lips