Vitamin A or Retinol – Which is It?


Vitamin A, also known as Retinol, is a fat-soluble vitamin stored in the liver.

There are two types of vitamin A that our body easily converts into vitamin A.

  • Preformed vitamin A (retinol)
  • Provitamin A (carotene)

Being informed about the vitamin and minerals your body needs is vital in these current times. All minerals are essential for a robust immune system just as much as vitamins.

Here we take a closer look at what Vitamin A is, what it does and how it can benefit you and your family. You will also discover a wide range of the best food sources that you can easily incorporate into your daily diet.

Below I have highlighted the important bits for you, just in case your schedule is tight.

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Retinol is an active form of vitamin A mainly found in animal products; it is also known as retinol because it produces pigments in the eye’s retina.



Over 500 listed types of Provitamin A Carotenoids are the colour pigments found in plants such as carrots, hence the name carotene.

Carotenoids such as beta-carotene and alpha-carotene are found abundantly in fruit, vegetables, and plants. The body can easily convert into an active form of vitamin A.

What Does Vitamin A Do?

Vitamin A has many functions and is vital to good immune system health and its ability to defend against and fight infection.

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 pigments in the retina of the eye.


Vitamin A aidsand supports good vision, promotes good eyesight, especially in low light and keeps your body tissue and skin healthy.

It also plays an essential role in the development and growth of bone and has a role in healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Natural and synthetic retinoids have long been studied and tested for their anti-ageing properties such as and has been used in beauty products such as an anti-ageing, anti-wrinkle treatment for many years.

Vitamin A is used to treat other skin conditions such as burns, acne, and psoriasis.

Carotenoids act as antioxidants protecting cells in your body from damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin A has been used In beauty products for decades .

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
  • poultry
  • eggs
  • shrimp
  • fish
  • fortified milk
  • butter
  • cheddar cheese & Swiss cheese
  • yoghurt
  • dairy products

Vitamin A is abundant in both plant & animal food products

The Best Food Source of Beta Carotene

Add plenty of beta-carotene sources on the menu, as the body quickly converts it into Vitamin A (retinol). Colourful foods are the best source of Beta-Carotene.

  • sweet potato
  • carrots
  • spinach
  • red, yellow, green peppers
  • squash
  • Beetroot
  • pumpkin
  • cantaloupe (Mellon)
  • mango
  • Avocado
  • cucumber

Too Much Vitamin A Can Be Harmful

Many people get too much-preformed vitamin A from food and supplements, so be careful.

It’s important to be aware 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 altogether.

*Please note the information in this post is intended for the purpose of general information only and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals & that I may get a commission for purchases made through links in this post.

2 thoughts on “Vitamin A or Retinol – Which is It?

  1. Mark says:

    Really into the colours and photos throughout the site!

    Also found this article particularlly helpful – thanks!!

    1. Mitch says:

      Hey Mark ??‍♀️

      Great to hear you found this post helpful, I hope you get to read some of the other posts, they all are packed with really helpful and interesting info too.

      Really appreciate your thoughts on my images really pleased you like them, lets me know I’m doing something right.

      Hope you have a Healthy & Happy 2021

      See You Again Soon

      Mitch X:-).


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