Health Benefits of Vitamin A

  • Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections - Vitamin A is essential for healthy surface linings of the eyes, mucous membranes, respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts.
  • Proper Immune Functioning - Vitamin A is essential to regulate the immune system, and plays a key role in making white blood cells which fight off infections in the body.
  • Cancer Protection (*Food Sources Only) - Studies suggest beta-carotene and vitamin A lower risk of many types of cancer.10 This effect could mainly be from a diet high in vegetables and not from supplements. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to increase risk of cancer.


High Risk Groups for a Vitamin A Deficiency

  • Alcoholics - Excessive consumption of alcohol can deplete levels of vitamin A in the body, and even moderate consumption can interfere with vitamin A absorption.
  • People with Long Term Problems Absorbing Fat - Problems absorbing fat in the long term can lead to diarrhea and vitamin A deficiency. This includes people with:
    Celiac disease - Gluten Intolerance
  • Crohn's disease - Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pancreatic disorders - The pancreas releases enzymes for proper digestion of fats
  • Cystic Fibrosis - Leads to a pancreatic disorder and improper absorption of fats
     

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