Vitamin A acetate is one of the fat-soluble vitamins. It helps to promote health in general, it is necessary for the growth and strengthening of the immune system and plays an important role in vision, bone growth, reproduction, cell division, and cell differentiation.
We can get vitamin A from a variety of sources.
It can be found naturally in plant foods such as dark leafy greens, carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, and kale.
What is the recommended amount of vitamin A?
- Children 1 to 3 years of age need 1,000 international units of vitamin A per day.
- Children 4-8 years old need to take 1,320 IU daily.
- Children 9-13 years old need to take 2000 IU daily.
- From the age of 14-18 years, 3000 IU for males, 2300 IU for females, 2500 IU for pregnant women in this age period, 4000 IU for breastfeeding women in this age period daily.
- Adults 19 years and over, for men 3000 IU, women 2300 IU, pregnant women 2,600 IU, for women during breastfeeding 4300 IU daily.
How does vitamin A affect the bones?
Too much vitamin A has been associated with bone loss and an increased risk of hip fracture. Scientists believe that high amounts of vitamin A lead to increased osteoclasts, the cells that help break down bones. They also believe that too much of this vitamin may interfere with vitamin D, which plays an important role in maintaining bone health.
Retinol is a form of vitamin A that causes anxiety. In addition to getting retinol from diets, some people may use synthetic retinoids that are chemically similar to vitamin A to treat acne, psoriasis, and other skin diseases. These compounds have been shown to have the same effect on bone health as dietary retinol. The use of these medicines by children and adolescents has also been associated with developmental delays.
On the other hand, beta-carotene is by and large considered safer and has not been linked to negative effects in the bones or anywhere else in the body.
How can I make sure I'm getting just the right amount of vitamin A?
Care should be taken with daily doses of retinol above 10,000 IU. And you should be aware of taking nutritional supplements that can expose you to vitamin A toxicity. Usually, healthy individuals who eat a generally balanced diet do not need to take a vitamin A supplement.
Who are at risk of getting too much vitamin A?
Older adults who take supplements that contain vitamin A may be more likely to get too much vitamin A.
Studies have indicated that taking nutritional supplements is a common practice among the elderly. However, the routine use of vitamin A supplements, as well as fortified foods, by older men and women increases the risk.
The elderly are at greater risk of osteoporosis as well as fractures, and retinol levels in the blood increase with age. As a result, foods and supplements that contain vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene may be the best choice for bone health, especially at these ages.