Vitamin A is a vitamin that depends on fat to be absorbed. Vitamin A comes from both plants and animals. Some other names for Vitamin A from animal sources include: Retinoid, Retinol, and Retinoic Acid. When Vitamin A comes from plants, additional names include: Carotenoids and Alpha/ Beta Carotene.
Vitamin A is important for normal vision and the growth and support of our cells. This refers to reproduction, development of embryos, growth, and immune function.
When Can Vitamin A Deficiency Develop?
Aside from weight loss surgery, risk factors for low Vitamin A levels include:
· Low intake of fat in the diet
· Poor calorie / protein intake
· High weight loss after surgery (less fat in the body)
· Active pneumonia
· Long-term kidney infection
What Are the Common Symptoms of Deficiency?
· Poor nighttime vision
· Dry, scaly, or thickened skin
· Taste changes
· Poor wound healing