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