(Uses): Eyesight, Growth and tissue healing, Healthy skin, Antioxidation, Lowering cancer risk.
(Deficiency): Night blindness, and the inability to see at night. Affects the skin: dry bumpy skin may occur, especially on the backs of arms. Decreased skin tone and rapid aging of the skin and a variety of blemishes, acne or boils. Hair may lack luster and dandruff is more likely. Bone softness or abnormal menstruation may also develop. Fatique and insomnia , decreased appetite, and some loss of taste and smell. Vitamin C will be lost more rapidly. Lowered immune function, increased infection rate, periodontal disease, kidney stone formation, ear problems, and acne may occur.
Retinol is animal source found in liver and fish liver oils. Egg yolks, milk products, cream and butter. Beta-carotene is found in yellow and orange colored fruits and vegetables. (Apricots, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, collard greens, dandelions, garlic, kale papayas, peaches, pumkin, red peppers spinach, spirulina, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnip greens, water gress, yellow squash.
Alfalfa, borage, leaves, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva ursi, violet leaves, watercress, and yellow dock.
(RDA): 5000 IU per day or 2 medium sized carrots.
(Assimilation): is helped by the presence of bile salts and fatty acids in the intestines. Works better when there are sufficient body levels of zinc and an adequate intake of proteins.