VITAMIN A is a workhorse vitamin associated with your immune system, antioxidant, and wound healing.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, which means it is stored in your body in the fat. It is best absorbed with fat foods. It is found in animal and plant sources. Beta carotene is a common plant source, where you find it in green leafy vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, tomatoes, and fruit. You can go for months without having low levels.
What does it do? Vitamin A is important for:
- Immune function
- Healing. This is a common vitamin added to help people heal around the time of surgery.
- Skin. Use Retinol or Retin A? That powerhouse of skincare which has been a gold standard for decades is Vitamin A. It is a strong antioxidant; it helps the skin exfoliate; and it increases collagen production. All of this helps reverse fine wrinkles, pigmentation, skin thinning, and sun damage.
There can be “too much of a good thing.” The fact Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and is stored in your body fat cells means you can also have too much. If you have an excess, it can affect your nervous system, liver, fatigue and muscle weakness.
You can test for your levels in our micronutrient test. If you need supplementation, it is available. Topical retinol and Retin A are also available, and best to buy through a clinic like Biohackr Health to receive medical grade products.