Vitamin A: Retinol


Vitamin A: Retinol


Who:

Vitamin A deficiency is rare in the United States. In the third world, deficiency of vitamin A is the leading cause of blindness because without it, your eyes can’t develop properly to see well in the dark and eventually at all. Vitamin A deficiency diseases include night blindness, deformed bone structure, and underdeveloped tooth growth. 


What is Vitamin A?:

The function of vitamin A is to make sure the mechanism of your eyes to convert light in your retina. It also lubricates and protects your cornea from macular degeneration. 

Retinol, Retina

Good for your eyesight, particularly night vision

Fat Soluble Vitamin


Where:

Found in animal proteins and plants. Vitamin A is

Vitamin A Foods List

  • Turkey
  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Butternut Squash
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloup
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Tomatoes
  • Peaches

Benefits of Vitamin A:

  • Essential for normal growth and epithelial tissue growth
  • Helps promote normal bone development
  • Influences normal tooth formation
  • Functions as an antioxidant

How:

Vitamin A Dosage:

Males need 900 REA and Females need  700 REA

 

  • Good sources of vitamin A are through fruits and vegetables and will prevent you from vitamin A toxicity as the plant-based form of the vitamin, beta carotine, is not toxic. 
  • 100x over the normal recommendation causes damage to your liver, bone pain, and alopecia
  • Stable in presence of light, heat, and usual cooking methods
  • To keep Vitamin A benefits in foods, avoid cooking at very high temperature as this destroys the vitamin.