Vitamin A is the moisturizing vitamin for the mucus membranes of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, rectum and vagina. Vitamin A deficient people are prone to suffer night blindness. Retinol which is part of the pigment that transforms the light signals to the brain by nerve impulses to interpret visual images. This retinal can be synthesized by the body only when we intake Vitamin A in our diet.
It is important to maintain the moisture (lubrication) of the sexual organs and is also involved in the production of sperm and normal development of the foetus. It also keeps the inner walls of our intestine well lubricated so as to not get affected by the stomach acids.
The conversion into retinol which is a part of Vit A is the primarily needed to maintain good hair and skin. As we grow older we need more and more of this to keep our skin radiant and our crowning glory lustrous. The absorption of this vitamin is only through sources of fat as it is a fat soluble vitamin. It is therefore, imperative that we eat this in proportion and in tandem with certain good fats/omegas. Though Vitamin A can be stored in the liver, how the body can utilize it diminishes as we age. So we need to constantly top up our intake to make sure we moisturize our body from within. Dehydrated skin is not only the result of less water intake but also the lowered vitamin levels in our bodies. To combat the high environmental pollution, we require an increased amount of Vit A along with collagen boosted by Vit C to maintain the natural elasticity and softness of the skin.
Retinol and beta-carotene are parts of the Vitamin A family. They are found in most striking orange/yellow and red colored fruits and vegetables. They are also found in good quantities in greens but the color is camouflaged due to chlorophyll.
The sources of Vitamin A are :
2. Sweet potato
7. Whole fat milk
So though it is rare to have a Vitamin A deficiency, the natural wear and tear of our body with the aging processes and free radicals due to pollution often deplete its levels in our body. Expensive creams and moisturizing lotions all use retinol to enhance their products. However there is nothing better than teaching your body to metabolize what it needs the more natural way. So eat your way to silkier hair and smoother skin