Vitamin A is used by the body for maintenance and repair of the lining tissues of the body including in the eye, where it helps to prevent night blindness. It is used for the maintenance of the skin and may be useful for skin disorders such as acne.
Vitamin A is also used for growth of new cells, the utilization of protein, protects against infection by helping the immune system and is a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect the body cells from damage caused by free radicals, resulting in protection against disease such as cancer and heart disease. Vitamin A is also said to help slow the aging process.)
Natural Sources of Vitamin A
Broccoli, peaches, fennel seed, red pepper, turnip, mustard and dandelion greens, carrot, spinach, silverbeet, sweet potato, tomato, apricot, alfalfa, lemongrass, peppermint, spirulina, pumpkin, parsley, papaya, cantaloupe, yellow squash, kelp, rose hip and dairy products – all these are natural sources of vitamin A.
Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms
Night blindness, inflamed gums, dry eyes, low resistance to infection, hardened or dry skin and or hair.
Visual disturbances, irritability, loss of weight or appetite, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, scaly lips and liver disorders – these are some of the symptoms that might appear after taking it too much.
* The absorption of vitamin A may be decreased if you take laxatives, antibiotics and some cholesterol reducing drugs.
* The effect of vitamin A is reduced if taken with calcium.
* Excessively high doses of vitamin E can cause depletion of vitamin A.
* Do not use with tetracyclines (used for the treatment or prevention of malaria).
* Doses of vitamin A more than 10,000 iu daily can increase the effect of anticoagulants.
* Do not take more than 10,000 iu daily if you have liver disease or are pregnant.