Vitamin A


β €πŸ‘‰πŸ»πŸ‘‰πŸ»πŸ‘‰πŸ»π™‘π™žπ™©π™–π™’π™žπ™£ 𝘼, fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in many foods, also known as retinol, has several important functions.β €

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These include:β €

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βœ… helping your body's natural defence against illness and infection (the immune system) work properly;β €

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βœ… helping vision in dim light;β €

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βœ… keeping skin and the lining of some parts of the body, such as the nose, healthy;β €

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βœ… reducing the risk of certain cancers;β €

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βœ… reducing risk of acne; β €

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βœ… supports bone health;β €

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βœ… promotes healthy growth and reproduction.β €

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π™‘π™žπ™©π™–π™’π™žπ™£ 𝘼 compounds are found in both animal and plant foods and come in two different forms: preformed vitamin A and provitamin A. β €

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1️⃣ Preformed vitamin A is known as the active form of the vitamin, which your body can use just as it is. It’s found in animal products including meat, chicken, fish and dairy and includes the compounds retinol, retinal and retinoic acid.β €

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2️⃣ Provitamin A carotenoids β€” alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin β€” are the inactive form of the vitamin found in plants.β €

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❕❗❕But before you start taking π™‘π™žπ™©π™–π™’π™žπ™£ 𝘼, be sure to consult a doctor❗❕❗ β €

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β›” Excessive consumption of Vitamin can lead to hypervitaminosis. It is caused by consuming too much preformed π™‘π™žπ™©π™–π™’π™žπ™£ 𝘼 through your diet or supplements containing the vitamin.β €

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Symptoms can include: nausea, dizziness, headaches, pain and even death.β €

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❗❗❗Additionally, eating a lot of provitamin A in its plant form doesn’t carry the same risks, as its conversion to the active form in your body is regulated❗❗❗

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