Vitamin A and its Benefits (Plus, how to get more in your diet)
Though considered a key building block for healthy eyes, a strong immune system and cellular growth, Vitamin A is not one of the most talked about vitamins, leaving many to try to search out information on their own. A biologically-active compound, Vitamin A is found in both plant and animal sources. In this post, we’ll take you through the two different types of this vitamin, its numerous health benefits, and ways to incorporate this nutrient into your diet.
Types & Where to Get It
The active form of Vitamin A, also known as retinoid or retinol, is fat-soluble and comes from animal products such as eggs, dairy products, kidney and liver. The other version, beta-carotene, is considered to contain the highest A Vitamin activity. This type can be found in plant sources like carrots, spinach, apricots, cantaloupes, and sweet potatoes, as well as some others we’ve mentioned in the past found here.
As mentioned above, beta-carotene is important in maintaining the immune system and healthy eyes but this powerful antioxidant does much more than just that. It keeps skin and tissues of the digestive tract and respiratory system healthy and supports bone growth. You may have also heard the term retinol used in skin care as it’s a common ingredient in topical treatments for conditions such as acne and wrinkles.
Most of us get enough Vitamin A from our natural diets but too much can be dangerous. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for healthy adult females is 700mcg/day, while healthy adult males can take up to 900mcg/day. People suffering from Vitamin A deficiency may need more than these amounts but should consult with their physician first as deficiencies are rare. This type of deficiency is more common in those with poor diets or digestive disorders.
You should have a doctor test your Vitamin A levels first, but if you are looking for retinol beauty creams or Vitamin A supplements, your local Vitamin World Associate can help you determine the right product for you.
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