Vitamin A has the unique distinction of being the very first vitamin officially named which is why it was given the letter A as it’s identifying marker. Vitamin A prevents night blindness, eye problems, skin disorders such as acne, enhances immunity and is primarily absorbed in the intestine. Because it is absorbed in the intestines, it may reduce symptoms associated with gastro intestinal ulcers.
Vitamin A is needed for the maintenance and repair of all tissues especially epithelial tissues which skin and mucous membranes are composed of.
It is important for:
It is necessary for:
Toxicity: cracks in the corner of the mouth and clef plate during pregnancy
Antibiotics, laxatives and some cholesterol lowering drugs interfere with vitamin A absorption. Approximately 500-10000 IU should be taken by the average adult. The lower RDA amount of 3000 IU will prevent most deficiency symptoms such as night blindness.
*Note: Always read and follow the labels when supplementing vitamins, especially fat-soluble vitamins that are at higher risk for toxicity. This post is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure disease. Please consult a healthcare professional before adding supplements to your diet.
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