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Vitamin A | Benefits, Deficiency & Sources

WHAT IS VITAMIN A?

Vitamin A is the name for a group of fat soluble retinoids, biologically active compounds found in both plants and animal tissues.
Dr. Andrew Weil, mentions in one of his articles "Because these retinoids are very bio-available and stored in our tissues, too much animal derived vitamin A can build up in the body and become toxic."
It is a powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A is a key for good vision, neurological function, healthy skin, cell growth and immunity.  Like all antioxidants, Vitamin A is involved in reducing inflammation through fighting free radical damage. They are also responsible for building strong bones, gene regulation, maintaining clear skin etc.

Vitamin A is found in two forms mainly : Active Vitamin A and beta carotene. Active vitamin A comes from animal derived food and is called retinol. This can be used by the body directly.
Beta carotene is obtained from fruits and vegetables. These are converted to retinol by the body after the food is…