Vitamin A - Retinol and Beta-Carotene Information

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Uses, Benefits, Properties, Description, Effects and Details of Vitamin A. Different forms of Vitamin A, sources of Vitamin A and the role that Vitamin A plays.

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Most Common Name: Vitamin A
Also Known As (other names):  Anti-infection Vitamin, Retinol, Beta-carotene

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Vitamin A: Vitamin A is a fat-soluble solid terpene alcohol. There are two forms of Vitamin A: A1 and A2. A1 (also called Retinol) is hydrolyzed in the body from carotenoids, mainly beta-carotene, that occurs in green leafy vegetables, green and yellow fruits and vegetables. A1, already hydrolyzed, is available in eggs, dairy products, liver and fish oil. A2 occurs in some freshwater fish. A1 and A2 are differentiated by observing their absorption of UV light, but for all practical, nutritional, purposes they are the same.

Vitamin A promotes skeletal growth (forms strong teeth and bones) and a healthy skin. It is also involved in the formation of pigmentation in the eyes which improves acuity especially at night. Vitamin A is also a major contributor to maintaining a healthy immune system (hence the alternative name: anti-infection vitamin) as well as playing a role in wound healing.

Beta Carotene: Beta Carotene is one of the more significant carotenoids as it is readily converted in the digestive system of the body to Vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a very powerful anti-oxidant that is needed to destroy free radicals (molecules that damage healthy cells thereby accelerating the ageing process and increasing the possibility of contracting many diseases).

Carotenoids: Carotenoids is the largest group in the Tetraterpenes. Carotenoids are responsible for the red to yellow pigmentation in vegetables and fruit. A number of the over 500 carotenoids are pro-vitamins and are converted to vitamin A in the digestive process.

Most carotenoids have been found to have antioxidant properties and help in the control of free radicals. There is also some that believe that some of the carotenoids are also active against some cancer cells although this aspect is still being researched.


Vitamin A - Retinol Use for/In treatment of:

Colds and infectionsSkin problems Mucus membrane ulcers
Dandruff PsoriasisAcne

Vitamin A - Retinol Contraindications, do not use if:*

Do not take while pregnant  
We cannot warrant that this list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.*
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