Vitamin A Supplements in Pakistan
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that is necessary for good vision, body growth, immune functions, and reproductive health. Vitamin A has antioxidant properties and helps boost immunity by reducing oxidative stress in the body. Vitamin A is very beneficial to eye health. It aids in the production of pigments in our eyes. Vitamin A is present in rhodopsin, a protein found in our eyes that allows us to see in dim light. Hence, vitamin A also helps us to see in dim light.
Vitamin A also helps maintain the health of the cornea, which is the outer layer of our eye. The deficiency of vitamin A leads to vision problems like Xerophthalmia, and age-related macular degeneration.
What are the food sources of Vitamin A?
Rich sources of vitamin A include:
• Beef liver
• Cod liver oil
• Salmon Fish
Vitamin A is present in the inactive form in the carotenoids such as orange and green vegetables. When we eat these vegetables, the Provitamin A gets converted into an active form in the body.
However, it is also found in some other foods such as sweet potatoes, turnips, oranges, mangoes, watermelon, apricot, papaya, and red grapefruit.
What is the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin A?
We need to take an adequate amount of vitamin A by consuming different dietary sources to maintain eye health and a healthy immune system. The recommended dietary allowance of vitamin A for different age groups is as follows:
• Men: 900 mcg (3000 IU)
• Women: 700 mcg (2330 IU)
• Children and Adolescents: 300-600 mcg (1000–2000 IU)
If vitamin A would be deficient among people, they may suffer from different eye diseases such as;
• Night Blindness- Having trouble seeing in low light
• Xerophthalmia- Eyes may become dry and crusted (white discharge on the eyelids), which may damage the cornea and retina
• Cataracts- cloudy areas in the lens of the eyes
• Bitot Spots- Foamy spots in the eyes which cause hazy vision
• Keratomalacia- Drying, and clouding of the cornea
• Age-related Macular Degeneration- Permanent vision loss in people over age 60
Those people who are at risk of vitamin A deficiency or are already deficient in it should take a good quality dietary supplement of vitamin A. It will reduce the risk of vision problems in them, associated with vitamin A deficiency.
Visionex is an advanced liquid formulation containing 6 vital components to support healthy vision and long-term eye health.
It not only contains vitamin A but also vitamin C, and E to maximize the antioxidant support and protect the eyes from harmful free radicals. It also slows down the degeneration of eyesight.
Lutein and Zeaxanthin, the main eye pigments are also present in the Visionex to support the sharp and central vision. These act as strong antioxidants which protect the eyes from sharp blue light, ultraviolet radiation, and oxidative stress which otherwise, may cause eye damage. Children and adults both can easily consume the recommended dose of Visionex syrup.
2. Icelandic Cod Liver Oil
Nutrifactor’s Icelandic Cod Liver Oil is extracted from fresh livers of Cod Fish which is rich in vitamin A & D, and also contains omega-3 fatty acids in good amounts.
Vitamins A supports healthy eyesight by protecting it from oxidative stress. Omega-3 fatty acids, EPA, and DHA support normal heart functions. DHA is mainly involved in the healthy development of the brain, central nervous system, and vision.
Children and adults can easily consume the recommended dose of Icelandic Cod Liver Oil.