Vitamin A was discovered in 1906. Vitamin A is found naturally in many foods. ome foods that contain vitmin A are liver, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, kale, spinach, butter, collard greens, pumpkin, cantaloupe, eggs, apricots, papaya, mango, and peas. Vitamin A plays a very important role in functions throughout the body such as vision, immune function, reproduction, bones, skin, and antioxidant activity. Many children around the world in developing countries go blind each year for not having enough vitamin A. Vitamin A is very necessary for the eye and vision. A lack of vitamin A can also lead to night blindness. Vitamin A is also used in treating some skin diseases.
Vitamin A is a fat soluable vitamin. This means that the vitamin taken in through eating foods is much harder for the body to dispose of excess. Excessive or large amounts of vitamin A can lead to toxicity. Symptoms include irritability, jaundace, nausea, vomiting, blurry vision,hairloss, abdominal pain, muscle pain, weakness, and an altered mental state. Make sure you take vitamin A and make sure you take the correct dose. Not enough can harm you and your vision and to much can be toxic. Ask your doctor or nutritionist for advice on taking vitamin A. Your body can be nourished with vitamin A naturally by eating some of the foods I have mentioned in this article. If you experiece symptoms I have listed please see your doctor.
Children will requre less amounts of vitamin A compared to an adult. Children have to have this vitamin for prevention of blindness.