Health benefits of Vitamin A

Health benefits of Vitamin A (causes and symptoms).Vitamin A

Vitamin A is not a particular nutrient as it sounds. It is a broad class of related nutrients which are of health benefit to us. Vitamin A related nutrients are Retinoids (found in animal foods) and Carotenoids (found in plant foods).  When we take in food into our body system, the carotenoids form of vitamin A will be converted into retinoid forms in the body under an ambient condition.

These nutrients help our immune system to fight against infections. Vitamin A is responsible for our clear vision in dim light; it also leaves the skin healthy and its linings in good condition. Vitamin A is responsible for the maintenance of the epithelial tissues in the body and gene transcription.

Lack of vitamin A or its low level in the body leads to Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) causing visual impairment. Vitamin A deficiency can lead to a number of unhealthy conditions such as:

  • High risk of death in infants.
  • Night blindness in pregnant women and increased chances of maternal mortality (during the third trimester).
  • Reduces normal visual functions in the body.
  • Enhances the body’s inability to fight infections leading to many other diseases.
  • It leads to measles, diarrhea or respiratory problems in children.
  • It affects the development of bones and rapid growth in children.

We have many symptoms of Vitamin A deficiency to help detect its low level in the body. Such symptoms are as follows:

  • Low level or reduced vision in the night or dim light.
  • The experience of dryness of the eyes which may lead to xeropthalmia (a condition where the eyes cannot produce tears).
  • Inflammation of the eyelids.
  • Halted growth in children.
  • Roughness of the skin.

The best approach to eradicate Vitamin A deficiency is by knowing the cause of it. Some of the causes of Vitamin A deficiency are:

  • Malnutrition (low intake of animal foods).
  • Lack or low level of breast milk intake in children.
  • Vitamin A mal-absorption by the body.
  • Over excretion of urine.
  • Lack of storage ability by the body.

Vitamin A deficiency can be treated if the state has earlier been diagnosed. Diets rich in Vitamin A has always been the best prevention approach for Vitamin A deficiency. Diets like liver, milk, kidney, cheese, butter, cream, carrots, cooked dark leafy greens, lettuce, cooked sweet potato and tropical fruits like mangoes and oranges.

Vitamin A for eye vegetable and fruit, food

Vitamin A for eye , vegetable and fruit, food

When Vitamin A deficiency is detected, it is recommended for one to start taking food products that are either rich or fortified with Vitamin A. Vitamin A can also be taken in form of medication.

The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.

 

 

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The information and reference materials contained here are intended solely for the general information of the reader. It is not to be used for treatment purposes, but rather for discussion with the patient’s own physician. The information presented here is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of professional medical care.