Are You Getting Enough Vitamin A in Your Diet?

Vitamin PackagingThere are so many vitamins that are crucial for are overall health, but let’s be honest. It is hard to keep up with all of them. Which vitamins should I take and why? If you are in the same boat, we are writing for you. Today, we are putting the spotlight on vitamin A and why it is really important to our diets.

Vitamin A can be attributed to many functions in our bodies. First off, it is very important for eyesight. Usually people show signs of vitamin A deficiency when their eyesight is poor. Vitamin A is responsible for how your eyes adjust to light and darkness, such as when you move from a lighted room to a dark one.

Vitamin A is also important for healthy skin. Since vitamin A has antioxidant properties, it can help cell turnover and fix tissue damage. It has also been known to reverse and prevent liver spots and acne spots when used in a concentrated form.

Vitamin A also has therapeutic and preventive uses. It’s an important medicine for your immune system. It keeps your mucus membranes and skin healthy. When your membranes are healthy, they remain resistant to cell damage, and they stay moist. The moistness inhibits viruses and bacteria from starting infectious diseases.

Researchers do not agree with vitamin A’s role in cancer prevention, but some studies have found that vitamin A can inhibit cancer growth and prevent some cancers such as lung cancer.

Natural Sources of Vitamin A

Getting your daily vitamin take the natural way is always best. Add these foods to your diet to get your needed dose of vitamin A:

  • Cod liver oil
  • Yellow fruits and vegetables
  • Egg yolks
  • Beef
  • Liver
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Butternut squash
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Fortified milk
  • Dark, leafy greens

Don’t let your diet fall short in the area vitamin A. It is a must-have, especially for skin, hair, and eye health. However, remember that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing, such is the case with vitamin A. If your diet is filled with the above healthy foods, chances are you are getting the required amount of vitamin A. Consult your chiropractor or primary care physician before taking any medical or diet advice.  Your doctor can advise you on how much vitamin A you need in your diet.

 

Story Credit, Image Credit: Vitamin Packaging by Colin Dunn. Used under Creative Commons license.

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