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Vitamin A

By on May 24, 2013 in Dieting, Health with 0 Comments

Vitamins are important for proper physiological functions and in case of their deficiency inside the body; there are different pathologies that occur. In this article, let us take a look at the importance of Vitamin A and how it helps bodily functions.

Assortment of fresh vegetables and fruit

Vitamin A has a special role in our eye function. It is due to this vitamin that we are able to see in the night. It has a prominent role in epithelial cell turnover and is therefore proven to be good for wrinkles and other aging signs. It also has a fair role in strengthening immune system of the body and is also needed for the synthesis of some important hormones. It is good for hair, teeth and bones and in many other physiological functions of the body.

Lack of Vitamin A:

If there is a deficiency of vitamin A, one may be night blind and there may be weakening of bones and teeth and some dryness of skin.

Requirement:

Adult females require 8,000 IU/day and lactating ones require12, 000 IU/day

Children aged 1-3require 4,000 IU/day

Children aged 4-6 require 5,000 IU/day

Children aged 7 require 107,000 IU/day

Adult males require 10,000 IU/day

Vitamin A is present in:

Veggies:

Bok Choy

Kale

Brussels Sprouts

Pumpkin

Amaranth Leaves

Sweet Potato

Peas

Broccoli

Butternut Squash

Carrots

Chinese Broccoli

Swiss chard

Chinese cabbage

Leeks

Spinach

Fruits:

Watermelon

Grapefruit

Cantaloupes

Mango

Guava

Tomatoes

Papaya

Passion fruit

Nuts:

Pecans

Pistachios

Chestnuts

Other protein rich sources include:

Goat Milk

Eggs

Goat Cheese

Tuna

Cheddar Cheese

Cream Cheese

Whipped Cream

Cow’s Milk

 

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