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Vitamin A

Do we need Vitamin A?

YES, we need Vitamin A in our diets for many important reasons. Along with forming and maintaining healthy hair, teeth and gums, Vitamin A also helps keep your skin and mucous membranes healthy.

Vitamin A is the vitamin necessary for healthy skin. A serious lack or excess intake can cause dry, rough skin, among other problems.

A deficiency of Vitamin A injures the epithelial tissues throughout the body. These cells form the outer layer of the skin and the mucous membranes that line the mouth and the digestive, respiratory and genito-urinary tracts. The secretory glands, such as tear glands and digestive glands, are composed of specialized epithelial cells. Epithelial cells dry and flatten and slough off when Vitamin A is lacking. The epithelial cells, instead of being soft and moist, become hard and dry like the scales of dry skin.

Excellent natural sources of Vitamin A include such foods as yellow and green leafy vegetables, yellow fruits, kale, spinach, collard greens, carrots, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apricots, peaches, and cantaloupes. Vitamin A is also found in whole milk, butter, eggs, liver, kidneys, and some fish.