Vitamin A deficiency: Three warning signs of a deficiency easily seen on the skin

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Vitamin A deficiency: Three warning signs of a deficiency easily seen on the skin

Otherwise regarded as retinol, a deficiency in vitamin A can lead to skin issues. Doctor Gill Jenkins noted that dry skin, poor wound healing, and

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Otherwise regarded as retinol, a deficiency in vitamin A can lead to skin issues. Doctor Gill Jenkins noted that dry skin, poor wound healing, and acne could be signals that you are lacking a well-balanced diet. Doctor Jenkins added: “Vitamin A intake has declined by 6.8µg per day over the past two decades. Vitamin A is essential to help metabolise iron, maintain healthy mucous membranes, skin and vision, immune function and cell specialisation.”

One is performed vitamin A that is found in meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.

The other form of vitamin A (provitamin A) is found in: fruits, vegetables, and other plant-based products in the form of carotenoids.

Some foods rich in vitamin A include:

  • Sweet potato
  • Pumpkin
  • Carrots
  • Egg yolks
  • Kale
  • Beef liver
  • Parsley
  • Cheddar cheese.

The NHS said: “You should be able to get all the vitamin A you need by eating a varied and balanced diet.”

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“Pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils, are good alternatives to meat because they’re lower in fat and higher in fibre and protein, too,” the NHS stated.

If you do choose to eat meat, choose “lean cuts” of meat and reduce any consumption of red and processed meats, such as bacon, ham, and sausages.

“Aim for at least two portions of fish every week, one of which should be oily, such as salmon or mackerel,” the NHS added.

Any fatty foods should be eaten sparingly, such as chocolate, cake, biscuits, and ice cream.



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