Vitamin A

Vitamin A which is also known as retinol and has several important functions, these are: helping to keep vision in dim light, helping your body’s defence system to fight against illness and infections, and helping to keep skin and the lining of some parts of the body healthy (such as the nose).

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Sources of Vitamin A:

  • Oily fish
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Fortified low fat spreads
  • Milk
  • Liver and liver products such as liver pâté

You can also get a good source of vitamin A by including foods high in beta-carotene these can be: yellow, red, and green vegetables, and yellow fruit.

The total amount of vitamin A you need is in micrograms:

  • Men need 700 micrograms
  • Women need 600 micrograms

You should be able to get all the vitamin A you need from your diet. Any vitamin A that your body does not need is stored for future use, this means you don’t need it everyday. Your diet should be balanced, ensure that you are having your 5 a day. If you are unsure on what you should be eating, then check out the NHS website.

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