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Know The Signs Of Vitamin A Deficiency

Human body is a well organized system. When the optimum nutritional needs of the body are not fulfilled, it manifests as various signs and symptoms. These signs, if recognized early can help in timely treatment and complete cure of the disease. The most common of all deficiencies are nutritional vitamin deficiencies. Initial signs of these vitamin deficiencies are subtle yet precise. Here’s what you should know about one of these nutrients you need to thrive.

Vitamin A is formed from a naturally occurring chemical compound, beta carotene. The best source of beta carotene is spinach and amaranth. It is also concentrated in all other green and yellow fruits and veggies like papaya, mango, pumpkin and carrot. Though Vitamin A is indispensible for normal vision, there are several other vital functions of this vitamin. Of these, its role in normal growth, anti-infective nature and healthy skin are most important.

Eyes are a window to the soul literally holds true for Vitamin A deficiency. The initial signs of Vitamin A deficiency appear in the eyes. The first alarming signal is the inability to see in dim light, commonly known as Nightblindness. A mother can easily recognize this when her child gets uncomfortable in late evenings or is unable to find her in a dark room. On looking keenly, the eyes of the child look dry and muddy with a loss of shine. Also, Vitamin A deficiency is always exacerbated by infections. Hence, when your child has recurrent infections and is unable to fight them, you know it might be Vitamin A deficiency.

The best preventive strategy is to get your child immunized and ensure a regular adequate intake of diets rich in Vitamin A. If there are signs of deficiency, immediately consult your doctor for Vitamin A supplementation.

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Reshmma Gulati   |   03, Aug 2016

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