Micro-Nutrients Vitamin-A

Vitamin-A’ would include Compounds such as Retinal, Retinol & Few Carotenoids. This is a fat-Soluble Vitamin.

What Vitamin A is: Performs following Functions in The Body:

  • Helps Cells Reproduction (Cellular Differentiation),
  • Reproductive System,
  • Bone Growth,
  • Good Vision (Night Vision),
  • Development of Embryo & foetus,
  • Keeps Mucous Membranes of Nose-Oral Cavity & Sinus healthy,
  • Immune System,
  • Wound Healing,
  • Anti-Oxidant,
  • Photo-protective Functions.

Reasons for Shortage of Vitamin A: Improper-Un-balanced diet.

Vitamin A Deficiency may lead to:

  • Skin Disorders (Acne, Psoriasis),
  • Vision Disorders (Corneal Problems, Night Blindness),
  • Abdominal Disorders (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).
  • Measles,
  • Various Cancers (Colon, Oesophageal, Breast…).

People who take Beta-Carotene (A Pigment in Plant Sources that gives them Their Colour) and Smoke or Drink have shown to have tendency to Lung Cancer. Patients of quite a few Cancers have shown Low Levels of Vitamin A in The Body.

Rich Sources of Vitamin A:

Plant Sources (Carotenoids & includes Beta-carotene which gets converted to Vitamin A):

Most Dark-Green Leafy Vegetables (Spinach), Deep Yellow-Orange Vegetables, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Broccoli, Pumpkin, Cantaloupe, Corn, Cauliflower, Peas…

Fruit Sources: Deep Yellow-Orange Fruits (Pineapple, Papaya, Mango), Pomegranates, Apricots, Peaches, Mangoes, Water Melon, Peaches (आडू), Dates or Dried Dates….      

Animal Sources (Provides Retinoid & Retinol):     A2 Ghee, A2 Milk, Curd & Cheese.

My View it is best to Avoid Synthetic Supplements and Only Go in For Organic Sources. Natural Sources is not a Problem but Too many Lab Studies & Results to Prove Otherwise for Supplements.

Daily Recommended Values:

Adults:            Upto 1.5 mg/Day.

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