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Member Name: CinnamonBun
Date: 05/08/10, updated on 11/08/10 (45 review reads)
Advantages: Essential for healthy growth and nutrition
Disadvantages: Expecting mothers watch your intake!
We only need a small amount of vitamins in our diet but they are crucial for our body to perform certain processes, i.e. growth & repair, releasing of energy, hormonal balance etc.
This vitamin however is involved in the production of new cells. That's why this vitamin is needed in adequate supplies in the diets of children, teenagers & pregnant women. Vitamins A, C, E & Zinc all contribute to help maintain the health of our skin, hair & nails.
Good food sources of vitamin A include:
- full-fat milk
- red pepper
Very high intakes that are excessive in comparison to normal requirements of retinol (vitamin A) have been linked to foetal abnormalities when mothers have diets that have a far higher intake of the vitamin than a normal diet. So any pregnant readers please check with your doctor about what dosage is suitable for you to take. As retinol can be stored in the liver, women planning to a pregnancy are advised not to eat foods containing large amounts of retinol like liver or such associated products.
On the other hand a mother still needs to have an intake of vitamin A. Beta-carotene is a chemical compound that precedes another to form vitamin A, meaning the body can convert it into vitamin A on a required basis, therefore making it a safe form of the vitamin in contrast to retinol if you're pregnant.
Foods containing vitamin A should really only have beta-carotene the safer form of vitamin A good sources of beta-carotene foods are:
So it's worth-while to have an adequate intake of vitamin A incorporated into your diet, especially those with growing children.
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