Also known as
Vitamin A, β-Carotene
Beta-Carotene is an essential vitamin belonging to the carotene family of provitamins, which are metabolized by the human body into vitamin A. Vitamin A is an essential vitamin which must be sourced through diet, where it can be obtained from carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, shrimp, fish, and liver. Deficiencies of Vitamin A are rare, but do happen and can lead to a gradual deterioration of one's health. To prevent such issues, a diet rich in orange to red foods is recommended, while the vitamin is also commonly taken as a dietary supplement.
Vitamin A is linked to eyesight, gene transcription, immune function, embryonic development and reproduction, bone creation, blood building, cellular survivability, as well as skin, tooth, and mucous membrane health.
Recommended amount per dose is 250-500 mg per day for normal supplementation. 500-1500 mg per day can be used for cases of severe deficiency. Do not consume without an accurate mg scale.
A vitamins assist with many of the processes the body uses to maintain health and promote survivability, especially that of child birth, eyesight, the immune system, and general cellular processes. Most if not all of the benefits of Vitamin A come from reversing or preventing deficiency, which is somewhat rare in the developed world. In lesser developed countries, supplementation and food fortification is quite important however, with The World Health Organization estimating that Vitamin A supplementation has already saved 1.25 million lives since 1998.
Do not consume without knowing an accurate dosage. A milligram scale is highly recommended.
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