Vitamin A

Vitamin A, also known as retinol, has several important functions in the body.

These include:

  • helping the natural defences of your body fight against illness and infection so that they work properly through the immune system work.
  • helping you see generally, especially when light is dim
  • keeping the skin, various mucous membranes and the lining of some parts of the body, such as the nose and sexual membranes in good condition. 

Good sources of vitamin A

Good sources of vitamin A include:

  • cheese
  • eggs
  • oily fish like mackerel, pilchards and sardines
  • fortified low-fat spreads including most fortified margarines
  • milk and yoghurt (kefir is a good source).
  • liver and liver products such as liver pâté – this is a particularly rich source of vitamin A, so you may be at risk of having too much vitamin A if you have it more than once a week (this is particularly important if you’re pregnant).

You can get vitamin A by including good sources of beta-carotene in your diet, as the body can convert this into vitamin A.

Products Containing Vitamin A

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