Vitamin A is also referred to as Retinol, it is a fat-soluble vitamin which is stored in the liver.
There are 2 types of vitamin A that our body easily converts into vitamin A .
- Preformed vitamin A (retinol)
- Provitamin A (carotene)
Being clearly informed about the vitamin and minerals your body needs is vital in these current times.
Although micro amounts are needed, all are as equally important as the other in relation to its function and role.
All are essential for a robust immune system and all sustain vitality, longevity and life.
Here we take a closer look at Vitamin A is, what it does and how it benefits you and your family.
You will also discover a wide range of the best food sources that can be easily incorporated into you and your family’s daily diet.
Retinol is an active form of vitamin A which is found mostly in animal products, it is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye.
There are over 500 listed types of Provitamin A Carotenoids which are the colorful pigments found in plants such as carrots, which is where the name carotene came from.
Carotenoids such beta-carotene and alpha-carotene are found abundantly in fruit, vegetables and plants which the body is easily able to convert into the active form of vitamin A.
What Does Vitamin A Do?
Vitamin A helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye.
Vitamin A aids and supports good vision, promotes good eyesight especially in low light and keeps your body tissue and skin healthy.
it also plays an important role in the development and growth of bone and has a role in healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.
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Natural and synthetic retinoids have long been studied and tested for its anti-aging properties such as and has been used in beauty products such as Active Gold Collage as an anti-aging, anti-wrinkle treatment for many years.
Vitamin A is used in the treatment of other skin conditions such as burns, acne and psoriasis as carotenoids act as antioxidants protecting cells the in your body from damage caused by free radicals.
Best Food Source for Retinoids:
Including good sources of retinol in your diet will ensure you and your family easily meet your daily requirements.
- beef liver
- fortified milk
- cheddar cheese & Swiss cheese
- dairy products
The Best Food Source of Beta Carotene:
Add ample sources of beta-carotene on the menu, as the body easily converts it into Vitamin A (retinol), colorful foods are the best source of Beta-Carotene.
- sweet potato
- red, yellow, green peppers
- cantaloupe (Mellon)
Many people get too much preformed vitamin A from food and supplements, so be careful.
* Be mindful that excessive amounts of supplemental vitamin A (but not beta carotene) can be harmful to bones and if pregnant you should avoid eating liver or any liver products completely.
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