What are the benefits of vitamin A?

-Aug 13, Jenny Paul, Health -

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that carries out many functions in the body.

Vitamin A is essential for vision, cellular growth and development, reproduction, immune system efficiency, healthy skin, hair, bones, teeth and mucous membranes. 

It also carries out an antioxidant role, helping to reduce cellular, molecular and tissue damage caused by free radicals.

Being a fat-soluble vitamin (like vitamins D, E and K), vitamin A can be stored in the body’s fat reserves. 

It also means that fat is required for its absorption. For this reason, most supplements recommend dosage with a meal. 

Lumity’s team of ingredients, however, are already suspended in flaxseed oil ready for direct and immediate absorption.

What is vitamin A and what is it used for?

Vitamin A stimulates growth of the base layer of the skin. It helps the cells mature and differentiate normally and gives them structural integrity. In this way, it promotes healthy skin growth, moisture retention, healthy tone and youthfulness.

This function is carried out on the body’s external skin and also on the body’s inner skin, made up of the mucous linings. 

By moisturising and maintaining the structural integrity of the mucous lining cells, which support healthy secretion, vitamin A helps the body fight off infectious agents and environmental pollutants

The epithelial tissues protected include the linings of the lungs, nose, throat, stomach, intestines, vagina, bladder and urinary tract.

Vitamin A, therefore, protects tissues from infection and promotes rapid recovery through its support of healthy skin and mucous lining barriers, as well as through its ability to improve immune resilience, by boosting antibody response and white blood cell function.

Which foods contain vitamin A?

Vitamin A is readily available in a variety of vegetables, fruit and dairy foods. 

Naomi Buff, a holistic nutritional wellness coach explains: “Butternut squash, sweet potato, kale, carrots, spinach, broccoli and even butter all contain vitamin A.

“It is also in mango, oatmeal, papaya, peaches, cheese as well as basil and paprika.”

Naomi adds: “If you’re looking for vitamin A packed meal to cook in under 15 minutes try a delicious carrot, or butternut squash soup with some paprika. 

“Or you could make an egg omelette with cheese, kale and basil.

“Start your day with oatmeal sprinkled with dried apricots.” 

What are the benefits of vitamin A?

Vitamin A helps support healthy vision. 

It keeps the eyes moist, preventing many conditions such as dry eye syndrome. 

Vitamin A ensures a healthy retina and prevents night blindness by increasing the adaptability of the human eye to both bright light and darkness. 

It can significantly cut down the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration, which are commonly associated with ageing.

Vitamin A also generates healthy hair. 

A vitamin A deficiency may render hair lacklustre and dandruff is more likely because of the loss of scalp skin moisture. 

Vitamin A deficiency can also result in fatigue, insomnia and loss of vitamin C, as well as skin issues.

What is the recommended daily dosage of vitamin A?

Lumity’s capsules contain 50µg which is 56% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A for women.

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