What is Vitamin A?
What does vitamin A do?
What are the best sources for vitamin A?
Vitamin A supplements are available for those with issues with food availability or absorption, however, the best way for your body to use vitamin A is through whole foods! Vitamin A absorbs more efficiently with a quality fat because it is fat-soluble (handful of nuts, avocado, extra virgin olive oil).
- Dark leafy greens, particularly spinach
- Sweet potatoes
- Blackeyed peas
Deficiencies and what to look for
Vitamin A deficiency is generally rare in the United States, but here are some sign and symptoms of vitamin A deficiency.
- The most common symptom of deficiency in children and pregnant women is dry eyes (xerophthalmia)
- Deficiency can cause low iron in the blood (anemia)
- Diarrhea can cause vitamin A loss (mostly in young children).
- Deficiency increases risk of infections and slows wound healing