Essential Vitamins and Minerals – Vitamin A

Vitamin A - Carrot


UK – 600ug (Female), 700ug (Males)

USA – 700ug (Female), 900ug (Males)

Needed For: Hair growth, Good vision, cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system.

Found In: Liver, Milk, Butter, Cheese and oily fish such as Salmon and Tuna, leafy green vegetables, carrots, squash, cantaloupes and sweet potatoes.

Notes: Vitamin A is very important to the body. Much of our daily intake comes from orange coloured vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes. These types of food contain beta-carotene which the body can easily convert into vitamin A.

Potential Problems: An excess of vitamin A can be toxic to the body. It can cause headaches, liver damage, double vision. An excess is classed as over 2000ug per day.

Vitamin A is fat soluble, so can easily be stored by the body mostly in the Liver. Beta Carotene on the other hand is not toxic. This means that it is better to have your Vitamin from fresh fruit and vegetables rather than from animal products.

A deficiency of Vitmain A is very rare in well-balanced diet and taking supplements may cause you problems, especially if pregnant. Always consult your health or medical professional if you are concerned.

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