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Vitamin A

Alternate Names

Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol

Description

An essential vitamin required for fetal/child growth and development, normal vision, skin health, and immune function. It is also converted to a hormone-like compound in the body that has many important functions. Carotenes that naturally occur in many foods are converted to Vitamin A in the body. RDI is 900 ug/day for adult males and 700 ug/day for adult females. Please check USDA Dietary Guidance for intakes for children, pregnant women or for persons with chronic disease.

Vitamin A - Quick Stats
Names

Retinyl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Retinol

Allergy Information

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Vitamin B1

Zinc

Tocopherol

Uses

Nutrient

Additional Information

Vitamin A can be toxic if consumed in high amounts leading to skin discoloration, hormone imbalance, and fragile bones. If high levels of Vitamin A are consumed by a mother during pregnancy, severe birth defects can occur.



Found In

naturally occurring in brightly colored vegetables and leafy greens including: carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, kale, spinach, collard greens, chard, liver. Also found in fortified foods: dairy products, blue cheese, margarine, cereal, juice

Possible Health Effects

Toxic if consumed in high quantities. Those with liver disease, hyperlipidemia, or severe protein malnutrition or those who are heavy alcohol drinkers may also suffer from adverse effects. Also see additional information section.

Allergy Information

Unknown

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