Vitamin A promotes growth and repair of body tissue, healthy eyes, good night vision and a strong immune system.
Skin Care. Vitamin A is probably the most important vitamin for the appearance of the skin.
The nourishing benefits of Vitamin A along with natural protective moisturizers help to keep your skin soft, smooth and young looking.
Vitamin A is also responsible for our sexuality. Without proper amounts of Vitamin A, the gonads (a gland in which sex cells, also known as gamates, are produced) can't manufacture our sex hormones, then release them into the bloodstream to announce to our bodies that we are male or female. These hormones regulate our sexual desires and abilities. The word 'Hormone' comes from the Greek word horman, which means "to excite."
For males proper amounts of Vitamin A can mean healthy sperm and sexual virility. For females it means responsiveness, and the ability to conceive.
Where you get Vitamin A:
- Liver and fish oils
- Whole and fortified milk and eggs
- Carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach
- Other leafy green vegetables
- Yellow squash, peaches and apricots
All of the above foods provide Beta and other carotenes.
RDA: 800 RE for adult women; 1,000 RE for adult men.
Caution: Vitamin A can be toxic in large doses, and when taken during pregnancy can cause birth defects.
Your body stores excess vitamin A so you don't exceed the RDA.
Beta Carotene and Vitamin A
Beta Carotene promotes vision and eye health and helps prevent night blindness. Natural Beta-Carotene is a non-toxic form of Vitamin A that is easily converted by the body as needed.
Beta Carotene may be referred to as provitamin A in some literature because it is easily converted by the liver into Vitamin A (retinol).
While excessive amounts of vitamin A may be toxic, the body will only convert as much Beta Carotene as needed, making it a safe source for Vitamin A.
Food for Thought
Supplement Safety: The American Association of Poison Control Centers, published in the journal "Clinical Toxicology," no deaths have ever been found from vitamin or mineral supplements.
Another study discovered there were about 100,000 deaths per year from pharmaceutical drugs and none for natural supplements. Over a 10 year period, pharmaceuticals killed 1 million people.
Putting this into perspective: That is more than all the Americans killed in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War - combined.
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