‘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,
- 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).
- 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.