Women at risk of vitamin A deficiency

Researchers at Newcastle University in England have discovered a genetic variation in nearly 50 percent of women that may be responsible for a vitamin A deficiency.

Vitamin A, also sometimes known as retinol, is an important substance that helps our bodies maintain healthy immune function and fight off infections. It can also potentially improve skin tone and keep mucus linings healthy. Beta-carotene – which the body can convert into vitamin A – is a common supplement, but scientists have found it to be ineffective for a large number of women.

“[Vitamin A] boosts our immune system and reduces the risk of inflammation such as that associated with chest infections,” explains lead researcher Georg Lietz. “What our research shows is that many women are simply not getting enough of this vital nutrient because their bodies are not able to convert the beta-carotene.”

Women concerned about their vitamin A intake should consider taking supplements, such as Nutrina VitaMax from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, to help their bodies bring levels back up to normal amounts.