What Exactly is Vitamin A?

What Exactly is Vitamin A?

Vitamin A is actually a group of fat-soluble retinoids and carotenoids.

There are two types of vitamin A found in our diet - performed vitamin retinoids (also known as retinol and its esterified form, retinyl ester) and provitamin A carotenoids (beta carotene). Vitamin A is important for numerous body functions including normal visual function, immune system health, healthy  bones and teeth, and healthy skin. Our bodies need vitamin A to utilize protein. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that protects against free radical damage.*

Beta Carotene

Beta Carotene is classified as a carotenoid; organic pigment that are found in plants and fruits. Once ingested, beta carotene can be converted to vitamin A in the liver. Beta carotene is only converted to vitamin A as needed by the body, making it a safe source.  

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