What is Vitamin A?
Vitamin A plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation (in which a cell becomes part of the brain, muscle, lungs, blood, or other specialized tissue). Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system, which helps prevent or fight off infections by making white blood cells that destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. Vitamin A also may help lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) fight infections more effectively.
What are foods that are enriched with Vitamin A?
Vitamin A absorption is enhanced if taken with food. It’s found naturally in many foods including liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, pumpkins, collard greens, cheddar cheese, cantaloupe, eggs, and apricot.
Who should take Vitamin A?
Those with Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Pancreatic Disorders, and Vegetarians
What are some health risks?
A high intake of Vitamin A can turn the skin yellow, but this is not considered dangerous to health. It can also lead to birth defects, liver abnormalities, reduced bone mineral density that may result in osteoporosis, and central nervous system disorders.
Maximum Daily Intake:
0-1: 600 (2000 IU)
1-3: 600 (2000 IU)
4-8: 900 (3000 IU)
9-13: 1700 (5610 IU)
*14-18: 2800 (9240 IU)
*19+: 3000 (10,000 IU)
*This includes individuals who are male, female, pregnant, and lactating*