The most famous source of Vitamin A is the humble carrots. Throughout my life, my eyesight has been considered good. I never had myopia until quite late in life and even at my age now (50+), I do not suffer age related long-sightedness.
I attribute my good eye health to the raw carrots my mother used to feed me whenever she cooked carrots – to keep me occupied while she cooked the family's meals. With 8 children to feed, and carrots being one of those "regular" vegetables that we could afford in those days, I had plenty of raw carrots while I was young. The added blessing was, in those days, it was all organic; so, I had the maximum benefits of eating organic raw carrots. For the last couple of years, I have been on antioxidant eye supplements. All these helped to curb the degeneration of my eyes … due to age …
Fat or Water Soluble Antioxidant:
Other functions besides being an antioxidant, Vitamin A is required for:
Examples of signs of deficiency :
Vitamin A can be sourced from :
o in Retinol form, ready to be used as Vitamin A
o which are converted into Vitamin A in the body
o also known as Pro-Vitamin A
Being a fat soluble vitamin, it is stored in our liver.
Examples of food sources :
Examples the health benefits of Vitamin A :
o protects the DNA from radiation damages by neutralizing the free radicals
o retinol reduces the damages caused by radiation, to both the DNA and Immune system
o However, studies have shown that in smokers, excessive beta carotene can be harmful.
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