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The ABC’s of Vitamins: Vitamin A

Vitamins – they’re named after letters of the alphabet and your body needs them.  Need a bit more guidance on what’s what?

Here’s the first in a series of brief overviews of the benefits of the ABC’s of Vitamins.  These are NOT meant to be exhaustive, in-depth research articles on specific vitamins. They are designed to provide a general overview on the role these vitamins play in your body’s balanced nutrition.  Please see a certified nutritionist or your doctor for professional advice on your nutritional needs.

Benefits of Vit A

Benefits of Vitamin A.

  • Building Immunity – helps your body fight off infection from viruses and bacteria
  • Antioxidant / Anti-aging – fights off those nasty free radicals that attach your body’s cells
  • Vision.  Did you mother tell you to eat your carrots to help your eyesight?  (My mother used to say, “After all- you’ve never seen a bunny with glasses, have you?”).  Vitamin A can help prevent vision loss from macular degeneration.
  • According to the The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), “Vitamin A also supports cell growth and differentiation, playing a critical role in the normal formation and maintenance of the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.”

Sources of Vitamin A:

  • Fish Oil
  • Fruits & vegetables with orange and yellow color (like carrots, cantaloupe, squash, etc.)
  • Dark green vegetables (like broccoli)

Sources:

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/#en2

http://www.amdawareness.org/asrs/what-is-amd

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/macular-degeneration/DS00284/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs

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