Vitamin A – Plays a Key role in Repair and Healing Major Illnesses like Sinusitis, Bronchitis, Gut Disorders, Vision Impairment and more. Vitamin A deficiency is often the culprit for conditions like nasal polyps and recurring sinus infections. It is instrumental in healing tissue throughout the body and for its antioxidant properties. View how this Fat and Water soluble vitamin imparts healing and restoration in the body.
You may be surprised to learn that Vitamin A plays an essential role in the immune system. For expediting the healing process for Crohn’s, Colitis and other GI complaints, there is no doubt as to the major involvement of vitamin A for a successful disease reversal. In fact individuals who are deficient in vitamin A will be susceptible to infectious diseases. Very often when vitamin C does not seem to do the job, vitamin A is more indicated. I have frequently come across this scenario with lung infections and coughs that won’t go away. Also vitamin A deficiency or the body’s need for higher amounts will apply to conditions such as Sinusitis. In a similar area, vitamin A is a requirement for healing and preventing Nasal Polyps. Zinc is another main immune mineral that needs to be considered. View my post on Zinc.
Vitamin A plays a paramount role in defense against ulcers especially when an excess of stress is present. Up your intake of vitamin A to protect the function and growth of mucus cells throughout the gastrointestinal tract. One of my main tools in healing the stomach or intestinal tissue is a good quantity of carrot juice.
A deficiency of vitamin A leads to vision failure by way inadequate amounts of rhodopsin formation in the retina.
Vitamin A deficiency affects male sperm count through a lack of sperm formation. In females, vitamin A deficiency can have an impact on the women’s ability to carry through to full term.
Pigment in Tissue and Bone Growth
Kertatinization of tissues requires vitamin A while deficient vitamin A can cause bone defects.
Emphysema and Bronchitis
Emphysema is expressed by an increase of cell rigidity throughout the bronchial tree. Vitamin A deficiency is a contributing factor. Vitamin A is used by the body to release a proteolytic enzyme which in turn softens the matrix of cell tissues.
Take preventive measures by supplemental vitamin A in your diet if you work under fluorescent lightening. Components of vitamin A are neutralized in those who work under these lights.
Mucus Membranes and Skin and Nails
Vitamin A in involved in many metabolic reactions. When there is insufficient levels of vitamin A in the diet, skin cells and mucus membrane cells tend to die off more quickly and actually accumulate in the body. Dead cells in excess provide a food source for bacteria. Also, fingernails that start to form abnormal shapes require vitamin A along with quality protein, fats and zinc.
Bear in mind, any condition that has been either chronic or persistent requires the body to be addressed as a whole. Especially in nutrients that perform many crucial roles in the healing and rebuilding process throughout the body. Examples would be omega 3 fatty acids, quality whole food vitamin and mineral sources or highly absorbable supplements as well as endocrine support. Pay special attention to the Adrenal and Thyroid glands. Also, quality amino acid supplements and dietary sources such as animal protein or vegetarian protein sources. In addition, regular consumption of raw food and sprouts to attain the valuable antioxidants and enzymes.
Carotenoids Destroy Free Radicals
Carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene are powerful antioxidants. All of these and more stimulate the natural killer cell activity and antibody response in the body. This action is reported as protection against different forms of cancer.
Beta-carotene is a precursor for vitamin A and is found in the pigments called carotenoids of red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. One molecule of this voracious phyto-chemical can destroy up to a thousand free radicals. Beta-carotene is important for vision. It is transformed to retinal and then to retinoic acid which are essential elements for vision and cell growth. Beta-carotene also prevents lipid peroxidation and required for a healthy immune system.
Vitamin A – Immune system, bones, health of eyes, nerve sheath, mucus membranes, anti-carcinogen, reproductive system, maintenance of epithelial tissue, important for cell growth, cell differentiation, synthesis of certain proteins, skin, hair, gums and teeth
Cell Differentiation – How does it work?
For inquiring minds that may want to know what this process is about, I will give one example of how this occurrence takes place in the body. To lightly explain cell differentiation, picture a cell that is ordinary and now becomes a specialized cell type. This process occurs numerous times in our development and change. Realize the categories are many and this is only one scenario.
Pluripotent Stem Cells (PSC)
Stem Cell Pathway
Red Blood cells
Smooth muscle cells
Skin cells and Epidermis
Best Food Sources of Vitamin A
Blue fin Tuna
Dark Leafy Greens
Sweet Red Peppers
Red, yellow and orange fruit and vegetables
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