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Good in the right amounts
Member Name: January
Advantages: boosts the immune system
Disadvantages: not good to have too much
Vitamin A can be bought from most health shops and from online health site and it can be bought in capsules, tablets and liquid at various prices, a bottle of 100 capsules will cost you around £3.49 at Holland and Barretts health shop in town.
Vitamin A can also be found in certain foods and is good for the skin, helps strengthen immunity from infections and helps with the vision.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means you don't need it every day because any of the vitamin your body doesn't need immediately is stored for future use.
The foods that are rich in vitamin A are cheese, eggs, oily fish, margarine, yogurt and liver. eating these on a regular basis will provide you with enough vitamin A but if you are pregnant you have to be careful about eating liver as your not supposed to eat it or raw eggs like what is in mayonaise or mousse.
Eating to much vitamin A can be harmful as it can affect the bones and as we get older we are at risk of osteoporosis so you really have to be careful about the amount of vitamin A your putting in your body.
The daily recomended amount is 1.5mg so you have to think about what you eat if your taking vitamin tablets as if your eating margarine on your sandwiches and maybe have eggs for breakfast, then a yogurt with your lunch and then take vitamin tablets, or have fish for dinner you may be storing to much vitamin A in your body.
Sometimes to much can be harmful, as we always think taking vitamin tablets is healthy and if you take the multi vitamins then vitamin A is included in them, eating foods during the day with vitamin A in will put you over your daily allotment, so you really have to be careful what you take as in the long term you may be doing more damage than good.
Taking vitamin A suppliments is alright for you if you monitor what you are eating and which vitamins your daily food is providing for you, some people don't eat fish or liver or cheese and therefore may need the added vitamin A that their body is lacking.
I take vitamins if I am ill as this is the time I am most likely to not eat anything and taking vitamin A helps to boost the immune system and help you to get better quicker.
All dietary supplements should be tightly sealed and protected from light, some supplements tend to deteriorate or lose their potency faster than others and may need special storage conditions.
I find if I buy vitamin A from the health shop its best to throw it away after three months as you may not be benefiting from the whole goodness of it after that time.
If you feel the need to take vitamin A then its good for you in the correct dosage, especially when your ill or have the flu.
Summary: Good in tablet form