Vitamin A - "The Grass Vitamin"
Vitamins A and D Work together and Must be Present in BALANCED amounts
Vitamins A and D work hand-in-hand. Both protecting and supporting one another. Human studies not taking this into account produce skewed results, and animal studies show that evenmoderate amounts of vitamin D (from any source)increases the body's need for vitamin A.
Why are Vitamins A and D so Important?
Vitamin A (Retinol)
Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol)
Functions in body
Sufficient vitamin A needed for mineral uptake / utilization of water-soluble vitamins;
• Essential for good eyesight (retinal component) - Vitamin A is called “retinol” because of its presence in the retina;
• Builds muscle;
• Utilizes protein -initiates gastric juice secretion; (High-protein diet depletes vitamin A - e.g. heavy meat-eating);
• “Beauty”Vitamin - keeps the skin smooth and soft
• Improves growth in nutrient-deprived children;
• Powerful inhibitor of prostate cancer ;
• Antioxidant -controls free radicals in body fats, and its presence in Cod liver oil protects against lipid peroxide damage.
• Growth/repair of body tissues - used in cell division.
• Helps build strong bones/teeth, rich blood;
• Protects mucous membranes of mouth / nose / throat / lungs / entire digestive tract / bladder / kidneys .
• Immune system builder;
• Vitamin A protects against possible dioxins and pesticides (a useful ingredient in cod liver oil)
• Reproduction - necessary for sperm production. Used in cell division and differentiation (i.e. cell decides what it will be), and prenatal development (Aids RNA production); Prevents spontaneous abortion.
• Sex Hormone Production -needed for conversion of cholesterol into steroid hormones
Vitamin D does much more than aid calcium absorption for bone strength:
• Vitamin D3 (the vitamin D form produced in the body by the action of sunlight on skin) is converted via liver, then kidneys and nearly all body cells to its active hormone form, called CALCITRIOL.
• Virtually all the body's cells have vitamin D receptors - meaning they use vitamin D to function properly.
• Upregulates nearly 3000 genes -considering that your body only has ~25,000 genes helps one to grasp D's enormous influence on health; Vitamin D affects DNA through vitamin D receptors (VDRs), which bind to specific locations of the human genome;
• Bone Formation and Strength -By promoting intestinal calcium and phosphate absorption, vitamin D helps to form and strengthen bones.
• Aids repair and maintenance;
• Regulates Immune system and Inflammation - vitamin D up-regulates an important gene for fighting infections and controlling chronic inflammation. This gene produces over 200 anti- microbial peptides, most importantly, cathelicidin, a natural broad-spectrum antibiotic (the reason vitamin D is so effective against colds / flu and why flu occurs in winter).
Since vitamin D modulates immune response it can prevent over-reactive inflammation leading to autoimmune disorders E.g. Crohn's Disease, IBS, Rheumatoid arthritis.
• Has anti-cancer properties, especially against breast, colon, ovarian and prostate cancer.E.g.Prostate cancerhas been found to be inversely correlated to geographic availability of sunlight and skin darkness. Vitamin D at certain levels is growth inhibitory to prostate cells. Tuohimaa P. et al, Both high and low levels of blood vitamin D are associated with a higher prostate cancer risk.
• Precursor to the steroid hormones.
• Effective antioxidant against lipid peroxidation Wiseman H. Vitamin D is a membrane antioxidant
Signs of Deficiency
• Goose bumps on skin (mostly at back of upper arm);
• Night blindness;
• Keratomalacia (severe nutritional deficiency, corneal ulceration, extreme eye dryness);
• Increased rate of infection;
• Increase in mortality;
• Advanced deficiency affects mucous membranes of respiratory/gastro-intestinal/genito-urinary tracts.
• Deficiency in pregnancy causes malformations in baby -eye-defects, displaced kidneys, harelip, cleft palate, heart abnormalities, larger blood vessels.
Vitamin A stores are rapidly DEPLETED by EXERCISE, FEVER and STRESS
• Research implicates vitamin D deficiency in many disorders; www.vitamindcouncil.com/research.shtml
• Body unable to control calcium and phosphate levels - Low blood levels of vitamin D cause release of calcium and phosphate from bones. Consequentially, bones form, but without becoming dense and hard(i.e. mineralized) Ã Rickets in children(softening of the skull bones, bowing of the legs, spinal curvature, increased joint size.).
• Osteomalacia in adults (Pain in the joints/hips, back, ribs;Muscles in the upper arms and thighs become weak; Fatigue; Waddling; bone fractures) -often seenin the elderly, who generally receive little sunlight. (Malacia means “softening”).
Chronic low-level inflammation (CLII) involved in almost all health problems
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