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Vitamin A (Beta Carotene)

Functions of vitamin A


·         Necessary for growth and repair of body tissue

·         Helps maintain smooth, soft disease free skin

·         Helps protect the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose, throat & lungs, thereby reducing susceptibility to infections

·         Protect against air pollutants

·         Counteracts night-blindness and weak eyesight

·         Aids in bone and teeth formation

·         Current research indicate that foods rich in Beta Carotene may help to reduce the risk of lung and certain oral cancers


Deficiency symptoms of vitamin A


·         Night blindness

·         Fatigue

·         Abscesses forming in the ear

·         Sinusitis

·         Frequent cold and respiratory infections

·         Bacterial invasion and scarring of the eye cornea

·         Lack of tearing

·         Rough, dry and scaly skin as well as acne, boils and bumpy skin

·         Loss of smell and appetite

·         Defective teeth and gums’ retarded growth

People with an increased risk of vitamin A deficiency


·         Drinkers

·         Smokers

·         Those living in areas with high levels of industrial air pollution

·         Women on the pill


Food sources of vitamin A


·         Liver

·         Milk

·         Egg-yolk

·         Carrots

·         Dark green leafy vegetables

·         Yellow / Orange and red colored fruits


Best results if used with:


·         B group vitamins

·         Vitamin C, D, E and choline

·         Calcium, phosphorus and zinc

·         Essential fatty acids


Recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A


·         Adult male                           1000 RE

·         Adult female                        800 RE

·         Children (under 8)                 700 RE


Biozest supply vitamin A            285 RE per 500 ml ready to drink


Toxicity symptoms of vitamin A


·         Nausea, vomiting and headache

·         Menstrual problems

·         Skin dryness and itching

·         Hair loss

·         Bone and muscle pain

·         Liver damage


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