Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a nutrient that the body needs in small amounts to function and stay healthy. Vitamin A helps in vision, bone growth, reproduction, growth of epithelium (cells that line the internal and external surfaces of the body), and fighting infections. It is fat-soluble (can dissolve in fats and oils). Vitamin A is found in liver, egg yolks, and whole milk dairy products from animals and in fish oils. It can also be made in the body from a substance found in some fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupes, carrots, spinach, and sweet potatoes. Vitamin A is being studied in the prevention and treatment of some types of cancer. Also called retinol.
What is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that is required for a number of bodily functions. This vitamin is needed to maintain good vision and a healthy immune system, as well as being essential for growth and development.

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Plant genetic engineering to sustainably address micronutrient malnutrition

Plant genetic engineering to sustainably address micronutrient malnutrition

WHO’s report may lead to greater awareness and deliver better eye health for all

WHO’s report may lead to greater awareness and deliver better eye health for all

Genomic adaptations to rice‐based diets contribute to mitigation of metabolic risk

Genomic adaptations to rice‐based diets contribute to mitigation of metabolic risk

Multivitamin, mineral supplements may bolster the immune system of older adults

Multivitamin, mineral supplements may bolster the immune system of older adults

Treatment with vitamin A analog improves visual function in diabetic mice

Treatment with vitamin A analog improves visual function in diabetic mice

Microperimetry can help determine the efficacy of novel treatments for macular diseases

Microperimetry can help determine the efficacy of novel treatments for macular diseases

Study shows how our eyes recycle vitamin A

Study shows how our eyes recycle vitamin A

Antioxidant-rich foods can lower risk of infection in children with leukemia

Antioxidant-rich foods can lower risk of infection in children with leukemia

Research on sweet potato microbiome is a major step for enhancing yield

Research on sweet potato microbiome is a major step for enhancing yield

New molecular mechanism that regulates the sentinel cells of the immune system

New molecular mechanism that regulates the sentinel cells of the immune system

Roscovitine enhances nuclear enrichment of traditionally cytoplasmic signaling molecules

Roscovitine enhances nuclear enrichment of traditionally cytoplasmic signaling molecules

Eating an egg a day is OK

Eating an egg a day is OK

Light-activated protein restores mitochondrion function in fruit fly model of Parkinson’s disease

Light-activated protein restores mitochondrion function in fruit fly model of Parkinson’s disease

Study finds no clear path for Golden Rice to reach people at risk of vitamin A deficiency

Study finds no clear path for Golden Rice to reach people at risk of vitamin A deficiency

Researchers identify liver fibrosis ‘off switch’ in mice

Researchers identify liver fibrosis ‘off switch’ in mice

Top NHS doctor warns of “exploitative” party drips claiming to cure hangovers

Top NHS doctor warns of “exploitative” party drips claiming to cure hangovers

Gulf war illness – one or two diseases?

Gulf war illness – one or two diseases?

Research shows link between clock genes and vitamin A pathway in the brain of Monarch butterflies

Research shows link between clock genes and vitamin A pathway in the brain of Monarch butterflies

Preclinical data on new drug combination to treat neuroblastoma published

Preclinical data on new drug combination to treat neuroblastoma published

Skin cancer risk falls with higher dietary vitamin A intake

Skin cancer risk falls with higher dietary vitamin A intake