Vitamins are a group of substances needed in small amounts by the body to maintain health. Vitamin A can’t be made by human body so it has to be an essential part of our diet. Vitamin A is sometimes called as Retinol.
Vitamin A is important for
– Healthy eyes, eyesight & vision
– Healthy skin
– Helps you to fight infections
Foods that are rich in Vitamin A are :
– Fish COD Liver oils
– Beta carotene contained in green leafy and orange/yellow fruits and vegetables can also be converted by our body to vitamin A.
Mild forms of Vitamin A deficiency may cause no symptoms. However, Vitamin A deficiency may include:
– Infections including throat and chest infections and gastroenteritis.
– Delayed growth and bone development in children and teenagers.
– Eye and vision problems like poor vision, foamy patches in white part of eye, dryness, conjunctiva etc.
– Skin and hair problems like dry skin and hair, itching etc.
Causes of deficiency may include:
– When rice is the main food in your diet as rice doesn’t contain any carotene.
– When your body is unable to make use of Vitamin A.
– Cystic fibrosis.
– Diseases affecting pancreas
– Liver cirrhosis
– Obstruction of the flow of bile from your liver and gall bladder into your gut.
It’s not an exhaustive list. The most easily absorbed form of Vitamin A is fat-soluble & is absorbed as fat is broken in the small bowel, so people who are on an extremely low fat diet and are taking medication to reduce fat absorption may be at risk of deficiency. So, get your Vitamin A checked today at your doorsteps.
Be healthy, be safe. #MedShubh
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