Some of the health benefits of vitamin A are:
- Vitamin A has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.
- Vitamin A is necessary for wound healing and skin re-growth.
- It is needed to support all of the skin cells both internally and externally.
- Vitamin A is a critical part of the rhodopsin molecule, which is activated when light shines on the retina, and it sends a signal to the brain, which results in vision.
- It is known as an important immune booting vitamin.
- Genes involved in immune responses are regulated by Vitamin A, which means it is essential for fighting serious conditions like cancer and autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin A functions:
- Our eyes have two types of cells, the rods and the cones. The rod cellshelp us see in the dark. Have you ever noticed; when you enter a dark room it takes time for your eyes to accommodate to the darkness? The credit goes to the rod cells. Vitamin A, also known as the ‘eye vitamin’forms a pigment called rhodopsin that helps the rod cells to adjust to the darker environment. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to “Night Blindness” where a child is unable to see in the night or in a dim light.
- Vitamin A also triggers immune responses and helps the body fight against common infections like flu, common cold, measles, pneumonia, etc.
- Vitamin A is a regenerative vitamin as it helps in the regeneration of the skin cells after a wound. It helps the skin to grow back. It also prevents the dryness of the skin and makes it supple.