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 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)