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Secrets behind Vitamin A rich diet

Fitness By Bob Otieno

Your personality and appearance entirely depends on your health. Your face shines when healthy and is gloomy when your body basks in sickness.

This is the vicious cycle of body energy, which has to be restored daily in quick succession to when it is lost. To keep your health intact, intake of vital nutrients is important. Vitamin D is accessible through sunlight but obtaining Vitamin A solely can be difficult.

The importance of Vitamin A:

To own healthy flawless skin, soft tissue, mucus membranes and skeletal structure, absorption of Vitamin A is compulsory. Vitamin A is directly associated with your Retina. Low light and perfect colour vision is promoted by Vitamin A.

According to researchers, it is often called as Retinal because it stimulates pigmentation in the retina. Other necessary needs of Vitamin A are breast-feeding and reproduction. Retinol is the only active form of Vitamin A, other forms being dormant in nature.

Animal liver, milk and some selective food items are good Vitamin A source. For example, Carotenoids is dark pigment in vegetables that form a rich Vitamin A source. There are 500 species of Carotenoids, but the most popular is Beta-Carotene. Beta-Carotene is an anti-toxicant and prevents cell damage. Chemicals that play a vital role in the ageing process can also contribute towards acute illnesses and they are dealt by Beta-Carotene. Food sources with Beta-Carotene reduce the possibility of diseases such as cancer.

Vitamin A sources:

Eggs, fish oil, meat, whole milk, cheese, liver, kidney and cream are favourable Vitamin A source and store copious amount of the said vitamin within them. There are certain exceptions to be made, such as fortified milk cannot be consumed as it includes cholesterol and saturated fat, which is obviously an unhealthy option.

Grapefruit and apricots have abundant Vitamin A, likewise Carrots, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Broccoli, dark green vegetables and squash. Remember, darker the colour of fruits or vegetable the better source of Vitamin it is.

Results of incapability of consuming Vitamin A:

Vision problems and infectious diseases are common when your body lacks Vitamin A, similarly scientific research shows that large doses of Vitamin A causes severe birth problems. When an adult makes a mistake of taking Vitamin A pills in large numbers she can become a victim of Acute Vitamin A poisoning. Infants and children are more prone to Vitamin A poisoning. They can fall sick by small doses of Vitamin A such as Retinol found in skin creams, therefore its good to consult a doctor before applying anything to your baby.

Consumption of Beta-Carotene in quick succession will not harm the human body but will turn the skin colour to yellow or orange. The skin colour returns to normalcy once you cease intake of Beta-Carotene. The best alternative to obtain all the necessary vitamins is by eating a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, dairy products, lentils, beans and whole grain.

Need for vitamins depend upon your age and factors like pregnancy and so on. Therefore, it is better to ask your doctor and choose the right Vitamin A source.

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