Today let's discover just how important "vitamin A" is to the body.
"Vitamin A" is important for normal vision, the immune system and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs and kidneys work properly.
"Vitamin A" is a micronutrient that is crucial for maintaining vision and protecting us from night blindness. It protects us from age-related decline, promotes growth and development, supports bone health and protects epithelium and "mucus" integrity in the body. (This is a point to remember)
And it's known as an "anti-inflammatory" vitamin because of its critical role in enhancing immune function such as with skin disorders like acne vulgaris, broncho-pulmonary dysplasia and some forms of precancerous and cancer states.
Vitamin A is able to regulate both innate and adaptive arms of the immune response.
So how can we become deficient you ask???
Well . . . this deficiency can be a result from inadequate intake of vitamin A, fat malabsorption or a liver disorder.
And some symptoms would be . . .
Dry skin, dry eyes, night blindness, infertility and/or trouble conceiving, delayed growth, throat and chest infections, poor wound healing and acne with breakouts.
And most important because we've been talking about how to protect ourselves from viruses . . . When "vitamin A" is low in the body . . . the body has a greater chance of allowing a virus to "replicate itself" especially with the Covid-19.
You see . . . vitamin A helps keep "mucus" membranes that line the nose, sinuses and mouth healthy. And as we know . . . the Covid-19 is a respiratory virus that enters the body through the nose and/or mouth.
So we need a good line of defense to protect us from this virus. Okay . . . so let's talk about what are the best food sources of "vitamin A" to accomplish that mission.