Have you ever wondered what a Vitamin A deficiency looked like? When it comes to health and optimal body performance, Vitamin A plays an enormous role. This fat-soluble vitamin is vital for many bodily functions, including vision, immune system, reproduction, and metabolism. It also aids the proper functioning of the heart, lung, kidney and brain.
Aside from the above functions, studies have also shown that vitamin A also has antioxidant properties, which protect cells from free radical damage. This is another vital reason why you should consume it regularly.
Some of the signs to let you know you need to improve your Vitamin A intake include;
1. Dry eyes
This is one of the visible signs of vitamin A deficiency. Dry eyes or the inability to produce tears is often one of the first signs of a Vitamin A deficiency. Another eye-related symptom of a vitamin A deficiency is night blindness. Vitamin A forms a major part of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retina, a lack of which can cause night blindness. Once you begin to experience this, seek medical attention immediately.
2. Dry skin
If you always experience dry skin, it might be a sign of Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in the creation and rehabilitation of skin cells. It also features anti-inflammatory properties that help treat dry skin, eczema, and other skin issues. Retinol which is a major ingredient in most skin care products, which helps reduce wrinkles and improve skin texture, is derived from vitamin A. Always consume vitamin A-rich foods to avoid suffering this effect.
3. Throat and chest infection
Continual throat and chest infections may also be signs of a vitamin A deficiency. The anti-inflammatory properties of Vitamin A show a defensive effect against invasive pathogens like colds and infections. So, when you notice frequent infections, it might be a sign you need some vitamin A. Seek medical attention once you begin to experience this because other diseases might also cause it.
4. Poor wound healing
Poor clotting of blood might be a sign of vitamin K deficiency but poor wound healing is a sign of vitamin A deficiency.
Since vitamin A plays a vital role in reducing the body’s inflammatory response, the body wouldn’t heal properly without it. This is because vitamin A facilitates collagen production, which is an essential component of healthy skin.
There are different sources from which you can get vitamin A. Some of them include;
Cod liver oil, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals, fortified skim milk, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, such as carrots and sweet potatoes, dark green, leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, and the darkest green, leafy vegetables. Make sure you consume these foods regularly.
Everyone should adhere to the tips of this article.
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