Vitamin A The Forgotten Key Nutrient
Vitamin A does not get nearly the press or media time it deserves.
This key nutrient is responsible in a large part for healthy skin and epithelial cells.
Those little guys are the cells which line our mouth, GI tract and even our lungs. This is why you now see so many skin lotions and topical drugs with Vitamin A derivatives.
Vitamin A is also needed if or a normal healthy immune system. In fact, during times of infection, I’ll suggest patients take some very large amounts but just for a few days. There are however two serious CAUTIONS!If you are pregnant or of childbearing age you need to know excess Vitamin A is teratogenic, meaning it can cause birth defects. This is why we advise young women take natal only formulas for at least 6 months before conception. These formulas also contain extra Folic acid which helps prevent birth defects.
The next caution is that excess Vitamin A can be TOXIC If you consume too much and possibly in liver disease. Vtamin A Is one of he fat soluble vitamins, so it hangs around in our bodies a good bit longer than things like most B vitamins. So please work with your own health pros here on dosages for you .
Deficiencies in this key nutrient are more likely in malabsorbtion syndromes and bowel diseases. But, if you are following the NeuropathDR Diet Plan you should be in good shape, as long as you are consuming lots of leafy green and brightly colored vegetables.
Unfortunately, it’s only beta-carotene not the other caratenoids which have significant pro-vitamin A value. So veges like carrots are particularly good for this reason.
Retinol is the most active form and is found in meats. But this largely depends upon how healthy the animals are we consume.
Because Vitamin A is so critical to immune function it has roles in prevention of infection and probably many cancers as well.
So know you know! Don’t ignore this Key NeuropathyDR Diet Plan nutrient!
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