Vitamin A - The Potent Antioxidant
Scientific Name - Retinol, retinal, and four carotenoids including beta carotene
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that helps with overall immune system support (yup!), prevent acne vulgaris, support normal vision as well as reproduction. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organs work properly.
Since it is fat soluble, the majority of vitamin A is stored in the liver as retinyl esters
How does it do?
1. Biotin is an important co-factor for carboxylase enzymes which play an important role in multiple metabolic processes including gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis, and amino acid catabolism as per this research study published in US. National Library of Medicine, National Institute for Health
2. Biotin's function in protein synthesis and more specifically, in keratin production, explains its contribution to healthy nail and hair growth.
Naturally Found in
Vegetarian Sources - Ripe Yellow Fruits, Orange, Carrots, Pumpkin, Squash
Non- Vegetarian Sources - Liver, Fish, Cod Liver Oil, Shrimp
When and Why do you need it?
Deficiency can cause inflammation, irritation of skin and nightblindness.
How much do you need?
Indian Council of Medical Research suggests a Recommended daily Allowance of 600 mcg of Retinol (Vitamin A) per day for adult women. This has been approved and accepted by FSSAI, the top authority governing health supplements in India.
And how much is too much?
In line with the international recommendations, maximum upper limit for Vitamin A is set at 3000 mcg per day.