complex, Vitamin B-1,
Vitamin B-2, Vitamin
B-4, Vitamin B-5,
Sulfur, Trace Minerals:
Other Trace Minerals:
A is also known as retinol. Good sources of vitamin A include liver,
cheese, eggs, oily fish (such as mackerel), milk, fortified margarine
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin. This means you don’t
need it every day because any of the vitamin your body doesn’t need
immediately is stored for future use.
If you’re pregnant, you should avoid eating liver because it contains
a lot of vitamin A.
How much do I need?
You should be able to get all the vitamin A you need from your
daily diet. This is:
0.7 mg a day for men
0.6 mg a day for women
What does it do?
Vitamin A has a number of important functions. For example it:
· helps maintain the health
of skin and mucus linings (in the nose for example)
· helps strengthen immunity
· helps vision in dim light
What happens if I take too much?
Having large amounts of vitamin A over a long time, either in
your diet or from supplements, can affect your bones and make them more
likely to fracture.
If you’re pregnant, having large amounts of vitamin A can harm an
unborn baby. Ask your GP or midwife if you would like more information.
Some concerns have been raised about the large amounts of vitamin A
that some people get from their diet. The Agency is carrying out further
work on this.
You should be able to get all the vitamin A you need by eating a
varied and balanced diet. But if you decide to take vitamin A
supplements it’s a good idea not to take too much because this could be
Having a total of 1.5 mg or less of vitamin A a day from diet and
supplements combined is unlikely to cause any harm.
If you are pregnant or thinking of having a baby, Agency advice is:
· avoid taking vitamin A
supplements (except on the advice of your GP)
· avoid eating liver or
liver products such as pâté because these are very high in vitamin A
Clark's Liquid Vitamin A