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Insufficient vitamin A can result to blindness -- Dietician

20 September 2013, 19:02

Abuja - A dietician with the Garki Hospital, Abuja, Yemisi Olowookere, on Friday said that insufficient vitamin A in food could result in blindness and increased viral infections.

Olowookere told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that Vitamin A rich foods were essential for body development and growth.

She said that by consuming vitamin A rich foods, it would serve as food supplements, adding that it would also help to keep the skin and immune system healthy.

"Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin is required for growth, necessary for vision, gene transcription, boosting immune function and great skin health."

According to her, the foods that contain vitamin A are liver, cod liver fish oil, carrots, yam, pumpkin, squash, leafy green vegetables, apricot and pawpaw, among others.

Olowookere named other Vitamin A rich foods to include red pepper, chilli powder, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes and dried herbs.

She, however, advised that excess consumption of vitamin A could result in jaundice, nausea, loss of appetite, irritability, vomiting as well as hair loss.



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