It is beneficial for the sight, skin, the immune system, and it is a good “fighter” against measles, diarrhea, malaria, HIV, and against vaginal and sinus infections, diabetes.
Between 140 and 250 million children under the age of five face a shortage of vitamin A. These children suffer from dramatically increased risk of mortality, blindness and various diseases, and are particularly susceptible to measles and diarrhea. The vitamin A is important for the functioning of the immune system and for a healthy growth and development of children. This information is shown in the statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Vitamin A is an essential and very important vitamin for the immune system and it plays a key role in the creation of white blood cells, which fight every infection in the body. Many scientific studies have shown that beta-carotene and vitamin A reduce the risk of many types of cancer. But, the vitamin A must be taken through food with a lot of fresh vegetables which contain this vitamin, and not through replacement products.
Who and at what age should take vitamin A, according to the target group of the World Health Organization? Children aged 9 and 11 months and children aged between 12 months and over a year. Also, children aged between one and four.
But a large dose of vitamin A should be avoided during pregnancy due to risk of defects of the baby. Vitamin A should be taken after childbirth, when the baby is, conditionally speaking, in a “safe zone ˮ. Accordingly, a safe dose of vitamin A can be provided during the six weeks after delivery. This refers to the mothers.
Where can we find vitamin A?
This vitamin can be found in the liver (turkey, fish, pork and beef, chicken), carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, butter, eggs, pumpkin, spinach, apricots, peaches, melon, tomatoes, kale and other dark green plants, fatty saltwater fish, red pepper.