So now, back to my original question…
What is Vitamin A Good For Anyway?
The most famous of all the Vitamin A Benefits lie in its role in eye vision, especially for those that suffer from night vision. Did you know that Vitamin A helps to convert what we see (light signals) into electrical or nerve signals that the brain can respond to. So without Vitamin A, you would be blind.
Sure, there are other factors involved in eye sight, but Vitamin A plays a key role and that’s not the only thing Vitamin A is good for. This vitamin is more responsible for making you who you are more than you realize such as…
…being a building block for your blood cells!
Just like vitamin B12 vitamin A is essential for the growth and division of your blood cells. More importantly, it is needed for your body’s stem cells, which have the ability to change into other types of cells your body needs.
Other parts of your body that require Vitamin A are your bones. It may not be as important as calcium for bone growth, but nevertheless it is still essential. If you have children, you should know about the importance of vitamin A in the growth of their bones and blood cells.
Vitamin A is a pretty popular vitamin inside your vitamin, because other parts of your body just can’t seem to function without it. Four such parts include:
- your respiratory track
- your intestinal tract
- your urinary system
- your skin…
…actually, vitamin A works with the genes for the structure of the proteins within your skin.
Vitamin A is Also an Antioxidant!
When your body converts the beta carotene from carotenoid based foods from fruit and vegetables into vitamin A, any excess beta carotene is used as a very powerful antioxidant to battle free radicals throughout your body as well.
Vitamin A’s important role in helping you maintain a healthy body may be hit home a little more as you realize how it helps to fight illness and infections you may have. It does this by aiding body tissues that line certain parts of your body such as your eyes, lungs, mouth, throat, and nose.
If an infection causes damage to these tissues, vitamin A comes to the rescue to repair the damage. So, if your mother tells you to eat your fruits and vegetables if you don’t want to be sick, you listen to her.
The big five vitamins (A, B, C, D AND E) along with a few other chosen nutrients, are all part of a team that work together to give you health and to keep you that way as best as possible. Remove one team member, and the whole team suffers. Each one depends on the other in one way or another. This article is about one of those M.V.P. team members – Vitamin A.