ABCs of Good Health

An introduction to Vitamin A

An introduction to Vitamin A

Growing up, you might have been told that eating carrots is good for your eyesight. That wasn’t an old wives tale, it’s really true. Carrots, along with other yellow and orange fruits and vegetables like peppers, oranges and squashes, are high in vitamin A.

Sometimes known as retinol, vitamin A is great for your eyesight – particularly your night vision – and the general health of your eyes.

Vitamin A isn’t just great for your eyes, though. It plays an important role in cell development and division. That means it contributes to keeping your skin, bones and teeth healthy.

What is vitamin A good for?

  • Eyesight: night vision, retinal health and general vision health
  • Cell division and repair
  • Healthy skin
  • Healthy bones and teeth

Vitamin A is also known as:

tretinoin, retinol, retinoic acid

When and how much should I take?

Recommended: 900 micrograms a day for men, and 700 micrograms for women. It is recommended, as with most supplements, that you take vitamin A with food.

Sean Brassill

Sean Brassill

Writer and expert

I have always been a big advocator of a healthy, active lifestyle. Despite this I have previously struggled with my weight management due to an overzealous love of food and poor understanding of nutrition. In the last 5 years however, through sports and the industry I work in, I have developed a much better understanding of how nutrition and supplements can influence the mind and body. Now I am much happier with my weight and currently in the process of training to compete in my 1st triathlon. I use supplements for many purposes ranging from enabling me perform at my best at the office to reducing some of the unwanted symptoms from the knee reconstruction surgery I underwent 2 years ago!