Today I will continue the series of articles on vitamins with another star: Vitamin A.
Eat carrots if you do not want to wear glasses, parents often tell us in childhood, knowing that carrots contain vitamin A, which contributes to the health of the eyes and adapting the vision to different levels of light.
Vitamin A has an antioxidant effect, contributes to the recovery of tissues and the strengthening of the immune system.
● Strong antioxidant effect
● Help us to assimilate calcium
● Support the vision, especially night vision
● Care for the health of the nails and the dermis
● Support the formation of white blood cells
● Helps form antibodies and supports the immune system
● Support the digestive system
● Support the reproductive system
● Help us to distinguish the colors correctly.
Foods that contain vitamin A
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Vitamin A is naturally found in
Foods of animal origin
• Fatty fish (anchovy, mackerel, herring, etc.)
Non-skimmed milk and dairy products
• Sour cream
Vegetables and green fruits
Vitamin A deficiency
Vitamin A deficiency is one of the main causes of vision loss, more precisely the decrease of visual acuity in the dark.
Other signs may include slowing growth, in the case of children, or problems with the reproductive tract, in adults. Skin drying, frequent infections, and gingivitis may be linked to vitamin A deficiency.
Symptoms of vitamin A deficiency
The most severe symptoms of vitamin A deficiency are:
• Decreased visual acuity – This vitamin is essential for all functions of the eyes. Moreover, in its absence, we could not see. Early symptoms of eye problems caused by a lack of vitamin A include itching of the eyes, burning sensation, and inflammation of the eyelids.
- Problems in the digestive tract – in the absence of an optimal amount of vitamin A, the digestive tract is dry, the secretion of digestive juices being significantly reduced. This increases the risk of intestinal infections and diarrhea.
● Aging skin appearance – Vitamin A deficiency causes the skin to dry out, which becomes tough and scaly.
● Infections in the respiratory system – in the absence of a sufficient amount of vitamin A in the body, the nose, throat or bronchi become dry and harsh, thus the respiratory tract being subjected to serious infections.
● Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy – Severe vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage.
Vitamin A supplements can be found in pharmacies, and the recommended daily intake is approximately 600 micrograms.