Vitamin A for Acne (prevention).
Vitamin A is a deficiency that seems to predominantly effects the eyes. Not enough of it and you’ll go blind. A deficiency has also been linked with infant mortality rates. Infants that are deficient are more likely to be stillborn, born blind or severely lacking in immune system. VitA also assists with the creation of tooth enamel, prevents hair loss and supports healthy urinary function.
Children who suffer from it can even die from measles, extreme diarrhea or respiratory infection. Even a slight deficiency can affect them in the development of bones and their overall growth.
Poor people, particularly those in third world countries, have the most trouble with this vitamin. It has been linked with deficiencies in iron and zinc.
The symptoms are lack of vision, skin health, tooth issues, scalp issues and hair loss, urinary tract issues and infections and gene transcription (meaning VitA is an anti-inflamatory). Aka, say goodbye to acne. In first world countries mostly a lack of night vision, in third world countries complete lack of eyesight. Infact it has become such an epidemic that, if the internet is telling me true, a strong focus was put on fixing this issue with the 3rd world countries. It’s reading things like this that can really make you understand and appreciate how lucky it is to have been born in a country where things just seem so easy and we don’t even realise quite how much we have been taking them for granted.
So where to get it? Other than supplements, VitA can be found naturally in dark leafy greens and lettuce, carrots, sweet potatoes, dried herbs, paprika, red pepper, cayenne, chilli powder, apricots, pumpkin, brocolli, spinach and cantaloup, to name a few.
Aside from nutritional intake,other reasons your body may deficient are fat malabsorption, and liver issues. The liver holds and regulates 80-90% of a persons vitamin A, so if you suspect you may put your liver though it’s paces a bit then it may be worth checking.
For my woman readers, and any male readers who have women in their lives (so, everyone) you should know this: even in first world countries, when a woman becomes pregnant she can easily become VitA deficient, affecting her health and the babies. This becomes most significant at the third trimester, so ensure you or your spouse/sister/friend/other is prepared or at least knowledgeable on the topic by then.
As a grown woman in a first world country with money spare (not much, but enough to not be superpoor), I’m not feeling overly worried about this one. Keeping up is simple enough naturally and, should I get pregnant, I’ll likely chose to add the supplement by 3rd semester. Just for good measure.
I was going to do 2 deficiencies today, but it’s NYE, ‘aint nobody got time for that. Cannot wait for the fireworks 😀 I do hope Gandalf does it this year…
To a beginning marked by an end, to 2014,