A vitamin with visible results
Vitamin A is not called the skin, eyes and mucus membranes’ vitamin for nothing. It strengthens and contributes to your vision, your immune system, and your growth, and keeps all the mucus membranes healthy. For example, it is vitamin A, in combination with zinc, that helps to alleviate blemished and/or scaly skin.
Vitamin A is stored in the body, in the liver and fatty tissues, for a long time, so you do not need to get it daily. Most often, those who lack the vitamin are the elderly and people with a one-sided diet, or people with diseases that reduce the absorption of fat. However, it is recommended that people with impaired renal function do not take vitamin A supplements. The same applies to pregnant and breastfeeding women, who should consult their doctor before taking the supplement. This is because too much vitamin A can cause malformations in the foetus.
The vitamin is fat-soluble and comes in two types: retinol (animal) and carotene (vegetable). The most effective way to get your vitamin A needs met is via purified cod liver oil. This is because vitamins can be lost in the conversion process for beta carotene.
10 food products with a high vitamin A content:
- Leafy vegetables (such as spinach and kale)
- Dairy products
- Red peppers
Recommended daily dosage:
Women: 700 RE
Men: 900 RE
RE= retinol equivalents