Vitamin A

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is essentially found in products of animal origin: liver, meat, fish, whole milk (full-cream milk has a high vitamin A content), butter, eggs, cheese, etc. Provitamin A (beta-carotene) is found in certain fruits and vegetables that contain it in high quantities: carrots, apricots, mangos, dark green vegetables, sweet potato, parsley, etc.

Active components

In the body, vitamin A exists in the form of retinol, retinal, retinoic acid and retinol phosphate


Vitamin A plays an important role in vision, particularly in the adaptation of the eyes to darkness. It also participates in bone growth, reproduction and regulation of the immune system. It contributes to the health of the skin and the mucous membranes (eyes, respiratory and urinary tracts, intestines), which are our first line of defence against bacteria and viruses. Certain carotenoids from vegetables can be transformed into vitamin A. These carotenoids are therefore known as provitamins A. Among them, beta-carotene is far from the most important provitamin A. This is explained by its abundance in food and the fact that it is most effectively converted into vitamin A.

Bibliographical references

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