Have you ever been told you need to ‘eat all your carrots so you can see in the dark’? There is some truth in this, as the orange pigment in carrots is turned into vitamin A by our bodies. Vitamin A is important in maintaining good eyesight, especially night vision. However, vitamin A is also important for growth and it helps us to fight infection.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in two forms:
Too much vitamin A (retinol) can be toxic, although this is rare from food sources but should be considered when taking supplements that contain high levels of the retinol form of Vitamin A. High levels of vitamin A (retinol) during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. Women who are pregnant should
Carotenemia is a condition where your skin turns orange from eating too much beta-carotene. It is most noticeable on the skin of your palms and soles. Unlike jaundice, though, carotenemia does not cause yellowing of the whites of the eyes. Carotenemia is usually seen in young children, and despite its alarming appearance, it is relatively harmless and generally does not cause other health problems. To treat carotenemia, you simply need to stop eating so much beta-carotene.
Last modified: August 16, 2023