Vitamin A

Definition of Vitamin A:

A fat-soluble vitamin essential to one's health.  Plays an important part in the growth and repair of body tissue, protects epithelial tissue, helps maintain the skin and is necessary for night vision.  It is also necessary for normal growth and formation of bones and teeth.  For Vitamin A only, 1mg translates to 833 IU.

Topics Related to Vitamin A

Acute Bronchitis

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“See the link between Cystitis and Vitamin A Deficiency.”

Adult Acne

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A has been shown to be effective in treating acne when used at very high doses (300,000 to 400,000IU per day) for many months, but caution must be advised because vitamin A toxicity can result...”
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Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...recommendation Vitamin A
“The following vitamins can help your symptoms: vitamin A (10,000 to 15,000 IU per day); vitamin B6 (50 to 100mg per day); vitamin B5 (50 to 75mg per day); vitamin C (1,000mg three to four times per day); vitamin E (400 IU per day).”

Antioxidants a treatment
“..."Antioxidant" is a classification of several organic substances, including vitamins C and E, vitamin A (which is converted from beta-carotene), selenium (a mineral), and a group known as the carotenoids...”

Banana a treatment
“...Vitamins and minerals are also abundant in the banana, with 123 IU of vitamin A in a large banana and a full range of B vitamins: 0.07mg of Thiamine, 0.15mg of Riboflavin, 0.82mg Niacin, 0.88mg vitamin B6, and 29mcg of Folic Acid...”

Beta-Carotene a treatment
“...As a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene can be taken in high doses without the toxicity associated with vitamin A...”
...related topic
“The most abundant of the carotenoids, beta-carotene has strong provitamin A activity and is a stronger antioxidant than vitamin A.  It is widely accepted today as a cancer preventative...”

Biotin a treatment
“...Biotin works more synergistically with Vitamins B-2, B-3, B-6, and Vitamin A.  Therapeutic supplementation of Biotin should be supervised by a doctor schooled and trained in Ortho-molecular medicine.”


...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“See the link between Cystitis and Vitamin A Deficiency.”

Breast Cancer

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A and vitamin D3 inhibit breast cancer cell division and can induce cancer cells to differentiate into mature, noncancerous cells...”

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...relationship to Calcium Requirement
“...Of these, 16 took calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), iodine, and vitamin E...”


...related topic
“Converted into vitamin A in the body from a yellow pigment that has several forms (i.e., alpha-, beta-, and gamma-carotene).”


...related topic
“...Carotenoids have antioxidant activity and some, but not all, can act as precursors of vitamin A.  Studies have shown that several carotenoids other than beta-carotene are potent antioxidants that provide profound health benefits...”

Cayenne Pepper a treatment
“...Capsicum fruits are a rich source of both vitamin A and C. The external use of capsicum fruit powder is "Approved" by the German Commission E for reducing pain...”

Cervical Dysplasia

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A at 75,000 IU per day for 2 months or until Pap smear results improve, then 25,000 IU per day as a maintenance dose...”

Chlorophyll a treatment
“...Chlorophyll is known as a "super food" because of the range and quantity of nutrients (vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and essential fatty acids) that it contains, including ... vitamin A...”


...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
Vitamin A deficiency has been reported in people with chronic conjunctivitis...”

Dandelion a treatment
“...Dandelion leaves contain more vitamin A, by weight, than carrots...”

Diabetes Type II

...recommendation Vitamin A
“Recent research shows that Type II diabetics who consumed foods high in vitamin A were the most efficient insulin users...”

Dry skin

...relationship to Vitamin A Toxicity
“Chapped lips and dry skin, which may be early symptoms, will occur in a majority of patients with vitamin A toxicity, particularly in dry weather.”


...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A can be useful in any skin healing process...”

Female Hair Loss

...the condition
“...Common causes of hair loss or hair thinning in women ... too much vitamin A...”
...relationship to Vitamin A Toxicity
Vitamin A toxicity symptoms include skin that has a rough and dry appearance, hair loss and brittle nails.”

Female Infertility

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
Vitamin A is involved in steroid hormone synthesis and cell differentiation...”

Fish Oils a treatment
“...Cod liver oil contains high concentrations of vitamin A.  Taking cod liver oil in the same amounts that are recommended for fish oil can be toxic, and even more so in people who have chronic renal failure (because vitamin A can build up to toxic...”

Folic Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...More recently, folic acid deficiency (along with vitamin A deficiency) has been associated with cervical dysplasia and cancer...”


...recommendation Vitamin E
“...Vitamin A, vitamin E or beta-carotene status and hepatitis B-related hepatocellular carcinoma...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A is important for a healthy gut...”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...the condition
“...These include: Omega-3 fatty acids, monounsaturated fats found in olive and hazelnut oils, vitamin A cod liver oil, l-Glutamine, Silica, digestive enzymes, friendly intestinal flora or soil based organisms (SBOs), ginseng (Red Korean or concentrated Siberian Ginseng extract), chlorella...”

Kelp a treatment
“...Environmental Toxicity: 2 tablets daily helps in providing Vitamin A, Vitamin B complex and the trace minerals in natural proportion...”


...the condition
“...Actinic keratoses can also be treated by retinoids (vitamin A derivatives), topical chemotherapy (5-fluorouracil), chemical peel, dermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing...”

Low Adrenal Function / Adrenal Insufficiency

...recommendation Vitamin A
“The adrenals need lots of vitamin A, C, and B-complex.”

Lutein a treatment
“...Other carotenoids like, beta-carotene, and vitamin A are not found in the eye and are not associated with reducing age-related macular degeneration...”

Lycopene a treatment
“...Unlike most of the others, carotenoids, man does not metabolize it to vitamin A.  Lycopene provides stronger antioxidant protection against certain types of free radicals, and may protect against particular cancers better than any nutrient presently known...”

Lyme Disease

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A deficiency appears to be both a consequence of Lyme disease (Borrelia burgdorferi infection) and a factor in the resulting arthritis susceptibility.”

Male Hair Loss

...relationship to Vitamin A Toxicity
Vitamin A toxicity symptoms include skin that has a rough and dry appearance, hair loss and brittle nails.”

Menorrhagia (Heavy Periods)

...the condition
“...hypothyroidism, iron deficiency, and vitamin A deficiency...”
...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“One study found serum retinol levels (a measure of vitamin A levels) to be significantly lower in women with menorrhagia than in healthy controls...”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“In one study, serum retinol levels (a measure of vitamin A levels) were found to be significantly lower in women with menorrhagia than in healthy controls...”
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Motherhood Issues

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“See link between Female Infertility and Vitamin A Deficiency.”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“The risk of vitamin A deficiency is higher for young children whose mothers are vitamin A deficient...”

Night Blindness

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“Night blindness is commonly caused by a deficiency in vitamin A.  It is considered one of the first indicators of vitamin A deficiency.”
...relationship to Liver Detoxification / Support Requirement
“Reduced night vision can be linked to a variety of conditions caused by impaired liver function which in turn reduces vitamin A metabolism.”
...relationship to Zinc Requirement
“Zinc is required in order to transport vitamin A from the liver to the retina and thus zinc supplementation, especially in those who are deficient, should help improve night vision.”

Oral Lichen Planus

...recommendation Vitamin A
“Retinoids – synthetic versions of vitamin A – can be applied as a topical ointment or taken orally...”

Parkinson's Disease

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A works with other antioxidants to provide a protective effect.”


...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
Vitamin A deficiency reduces the ability of the cells lining the lungs to remove disease-causing microorganisms, increasing risk of pneumonia.”

Poor/Slow Wound Healing

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A is important for tissue synthesis and enhances resistance to infection.”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...recommendation against Vitamin A
“Supplemental vitamin A palmitate (retinol) is contraindicated during pregnancy since it has been tied to birth defects...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A has been shown to be beneficial in reducing PMS symptoms when given in doses of 100,000 to 300,000 IU per day in the second half of the menstrual cycle...”

Protein Deficiency

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“A deficiency of protein or zinc can reduce the amount of vitamin A released from the liver.”

Retinitis Pigmentosa

...the condition
“...There is no treatment for retinitis pigmentosa, although some practitioners believe that vitamin A may slightly delay vision loss...”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“Some practitioners believe that vitamin A may slightly delay vision loss...”

Stevia a treatment
“...Stevia also contains protein, fibers, carbohydrates, phosphorus, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, rutin (flavonoid), zinc, vitamin C and vitamin A.”

Susceptibility To Miscarriages

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A, vitamin E, and beta-carotene levels tend to be lower in women who have miscarried; these nutrients are generally found in prenatal vitamins.”

Syndrome X / Metabolic Syndrome

...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A has been shown to increase the efficiency of glucose disposal by insulin...”

Tendency To Sunburn Easily

...recommendation Vitamin A
“Natural ways to cool burning skin include applying aloe vera juice, zinc oxide, and vitamin A oil.”

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“Retinoic acid (an analogue of vitamin A) is needed for the differentiation of basal cells into mucus epithelial cells...”

Vaginal Depletion Pack a treatment
“...The Vaginal Depletion Pack or suppository usually consists of ... Vitamin A...”

Vitamin A a treatment
“...Unfortunately, many people consider vitamin A to be a "toxic vitamin" or one of little value because its potential dangers have been exaggerated...”

Vitamin A Requirement

...the condition
“...Vitamin A is essential for innumerable biological functions – night and color vision, wound healing, bone and tooth formation, healthy skin, normal growth, reproductive and adrenal function, cartilage...”
...our question about Decreased ability to taste
“Taste deficiency is reported by patients with vitamin A deficiency; vitamin A helps maintain a keen sense of taste and smell.”
...relationship to Multiple Vitamin Need
“A healthy diet will help prevent the complications of vitamin A deficiency...”
...relationship to Cancer, General
“Analogues of vitamin A are known as retinoids...”
...recommendation Vitamin A
“If detected early, treat with 30,000 IU of vitamin A daily for a week...”

Vitamin A Toxicity

...the condition
“...Vitamin A is normally a fat-soluble vitamin...”
...recommendation against Vitamin A
“The (obvious) treatment is to stop taking vitamin A immediately...”

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) a treatment
“...Acerola also contains such other vitamins as vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin in similar proportions as other fruits...”

Vitamin E

...related topic
“...As an antioxidant, helps protect cell membranes, lipoproteins, fats and vitamin A from destructive oxidation...”


...recommendation Vitamin A
Vitamin A ( a water-soluble kind only) taken orally at 100,000IU /day for a month, then 50,000IU/day for 1 month, then 25,000IUK/day may cause warts to disappear...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...Antioxidant vitamins include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta carotene...”

Zinc a treatment
“...Its functions are varied and numerous, including synthesis of cholesterol, protein and fats, releasing vitamin A from the liver, assisting the immune system and cell growth, being required for vision, taste perception, prostrate reproductive health and insulin function, metabolizing alcohol, and...”
...related topic
“...Zinc is involved in the health of the immune system, assists vitamin A utilization and is involved in the formation of bone and teeth.”

Zinc Requirement

...relationship to Vitamin A Requirement
“A deficiency of protein or zinc can reduce the amount of vitamin A released from the liver.”
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