Vitamins are essential micronutrients required by our body in small quantities to function properly. Vitamins are essential to help maintain our overall health and well-being. Vitamins are organic compounds that cannot be made by our body and must be obtained either via food and drinks consumption or supplements or both.
Vitamin A is important for maintaining healthy vision, skin and also supporting our immune system. It plays a crucial role in vision by maintaining a clear cornea, which is the outside covering of your eye. In developing countries, deficiency in this Vitamin is rare. This deficiency can lead to Xerophthalmia which is a progressive disease that starts with night blindness.
Vitamin A is required for great eye health, great vision, healthy immune function, healthy cell growth and fetal development. It is therefore one of many vitamins that parents should ensure they have enough of prior to planning to conceive.
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We must remember that our bodies require sufficient levels of all vitamins and minerals daily. It is therefore not possible to store these for several days, weeks or months. Consuming meals that are rich in a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains will provide us with most of the vitamins and minerals that we require. However due to various factors such as soil depletion, we now need to take supplements to supplement our meal intake.
You need to be aware that not all supplements are created equal or of top quality which is why you need to connect with a clinic such as ours, as we have done and continue to test the quality of various supplements and only recommend the best as we only have one body and must give it the best. You must not waste money on nutritional supplements that are not highly bioavailable or contact nutrients in inappropriate amounts or ratios for your needs. When it comes to supplements and food intake, quality makes all the difference and we must never eat only because it is convenient or tastes good.
One of the trusted supplements suppliers we personally use and recommend is called Usana Health Sciences as they have been supplied top rated supplements and skincare for over 30 years. You may get access to their products via this link. Usana’s supplements have been independently rate by The Comparative Guide To Nutritional Supplements as the top Platinum Plus 5 star rating. It is the only supplier we know who creates supplements based on what our bodies require vs pricing based on what the majority are willing to pay and then choosing inferior quality ingredients accordingly.
When one is deficient in Vitamin A, the following symptoms may arise:
Night Blindness which causes you to have vision problems in low light
Skin Irritation such as dryness, itching and scaling
Challenges in fighting infections. You will experience more frequent health concerns and fighting of infections
Stunted growth in children or delayed growth caused by slower bone growth.
Infertility. You may face challenges in conceiving.
Vitamin A plays an important role in the growth and development of your cells. It may lower your risk of certain cancers such as Hodgkin’s Lymphoma as well as cervical, lung and bladder cancer.
Vitamin A is also important in the growth of all bodily tissues including the skin and hair. It contributes to the production of sebum, which is the oil that helps maintain levels of moisture in the skin and hair.
Foods rich in Vitamin A include:
Fish such as oily fish and shellfish
Fruits especially those that are orange in colour such as mangoes, papaya, cantaloupe melon and apricots.
Vegetables especially those that are orange in colour such as pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes and squash. It is also high in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.
Dairy products such as milk and cheese. We do recommend goats’ dairy which is alkaline and not cow’s dairy which is acidic and also not suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.
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