vitamin A vegetables

There is so much to know about vitamins and minerals, it’s hard to keep up with it all! So today I wanted to take a closer look at Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is one of four fat-soluble vitamins we humans need (the others and D, E and K). Fat-soluble means they dissolve in fats rather than water.

You might know Vitamin A by another name: Retinol.

What does Vitamin A do?

Vitamin A is needed for our eyesight, our immune system and our skin.

What foods have Vitamin A?

  • liver or liver pate
  • butter
  • cheese
  • whole milk
  • yoghurt
  • egg yolk
  • oily fish
  • leafy green vegetables
  • orange and yellow vegetables
  • tomatoes
  • fruits such as mango
  • some vegetable oils

Do I need to take a Vitamin A supplement?

Most people get enough Vitamin A from their diet, but if you have concerns regarding your eyesight or your ability to fight infections, you can have your levels checked by your healthcare professional.

Can I have too much Vitamin A?

Yes, you can! Too much Vitamin A can have serious negative effects on your eyesight, or cause birth defects.

The best thing you can do to ensure you’re getting enough Vitamin A is to eat a varied diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

For more information, check out this source fact sheet.

Dr Carmen Hunwardsen – Chiropractor Brisbane – owns and operates Carmen’s Spinal Care, a busy chiropractic clinic in Everton Hills.