In this section of Seattle Organic Restaurants I’m going to talk about vitamin A health benefits. Vitamin A prevents skin disorders, night vision problems, improves healthy bone and teeth, and protects body against flue, colds, kidney and lung infections. Vitamin A is a rich source of antioxidants that help to boost the body’s immune system.
Vitamin A also reduces the chances of heart disease and lowers the level of cholesterol. Vitamin A has been known for its anti-wrinkling properties. Vitamin A deficiencies can cause ear infection, fatigue, insomnia, skin problems, respiratory problems, weight loss, growth problems, dry hair or skin and blindness at night. Beta-carotene gets converted to vitamin A in the liver. Beta-carotene helps to prevent cancer and neutralizes the free radicals in the body. Taking excessive amount of vitamin A can also be toxic for body or liver. Excessive amount of vitamin A can cause liver enlargement, itching, hair loss, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain. During pregnancy the excessive amount of vitamin A causes heart and birth defects. Overdosing beta-carotene doesn’t have any effect; only the skin might turn to yellow.
Sources of Vitamin A
Vitamin A can be found in green and yellow fruits, vegetables and fish oil. Vitamin A can also be found in broccoli, apricots, asparagus, beet greens, carrots, kale, papaya, peaches, pumpkin, spinach, red papers, chard, greens, watercress and yellow squash. Vitamin A can also be found in herbs such as borage leaves, cayenne, chickweed, alfalfa, watercress and nettle.