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Vitamin A

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Vitamin A, What is it?

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin with four major functions in the body: 1. It helps cells reproduce normally—a process called differentiation (cells that have not properly differentiated are more likely to undergo pre-cancerous changes). 2. Vitamin A may be required for normal reproductive function, with influences on the function and development of sperm, ovaries and placenta. 3. Vitamin A is required for vision; vitamin A maintains healthy cells in various structures of the eye and is required for the transduction of light into nerve signals in the retina. 4. Vitamin A is required for normal growth and development of the embryo and fetus, influencing genes that determine the sequential development of organs in embryonic development.

Vitamin A is found in liver, dairy products and Cod Liver Oil (Fish Oil) are good sources of vitamin-A. Vitamin A can also be taken from supplements.

How Much Vitamin–A Should the Average Person Take?

For most people, up to 25,000 IU (7,500 mcg) of vitamin A per day is considered safe. However, people over age 65 and those with liver disease should probably not supplement with more than 15,000 IU per day, unless supervised by a doctor. In women who could become pregnant, the maximum safe intake is being re-evaluated. However, less than 10,000 IU (3,000 mcg) per day is generally accepted as safe. There is concern that larger intakes could cause birth defects. Whether the average person would benefit from vitamin A supplementation remains unclear.

If you are not consuming liver (and most do not), are not consuming dairy products (if you are lactose intolerant) and not taking a daily dose of cod liver oil then you may become deficient. As children, I remember my mother (expecially during the winter months) giving us a dose of cod liver oil (ugh).

Some Of The Major Problems associated with Vitamin A Deficiency Are:

Anemia (for deficiency), Childhood diseases, Cystic fibrosis, Infection, Leukoplakia, Measles

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