Vitamin A or Retinol – Which is It?


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.


Beta Carotene is also abundant in Vitamin C & the more colorful the fruit & veg better.

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 has many functions and is vital to a 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 the pigments in the retina of the eye.

Carrots promote good eyesight especially in low light.

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.

Vitamin A has been used In beauty products for decades .
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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
  • yogurt
  • dairy products
Vitamin A is abundant in both plant & animal food products
Most people will find they are not deficient in Vitamin A, but its still a good idea that you ensure you are getting enough from your diet.

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

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.

As always all contributions to the discussion are always encouraged and always very much appreciated.

Stay Save, Stay Healthy, Stay Strong

About Mitch the founder of Immune System Explained.Com in Grand Cayman

Mitch X:-).

*Please note the information contained in this post is intended for the purpose of general information and should not be used as a substitute for the individual expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals.


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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