VITAMIN A AND YOUR SKIN

Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is very important in promoting good vision, teeth, bones, mucous membranes and most important, health skin. Vitamin A is also known as Retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye. Vitamin A is found in animal products such as eggs, meat, cheese, liver, cod and halibut fish, milk and other foods that are fortified with Vitamin A.

Carotenoids are pigments found in plant foods that can be converted into Vitamin A. There are hundreds of different carotenoids and one of the most important is beta-carotene, which is what gives the orange and yellow pigment to various fruits and vegetables. Beta carotene is an antioxidant and protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.

Good food sources of beta-carotene include cantaloupe, pink grapefruit, apricots, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, squash and also green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and dark green, leafy vegetables.

Vitamin A has been used both topically and internally in the treatment of  acne and psoriasis. In addition, Vitamin A boots the immune system and is a key nutrient in skin care and skin health.

Since Vitamin A is fat soluble and stores can build up in your fatty tissue, potentially becoming toxic, it is important to check with your doctor about  therapeutic dosing before use.

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