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Why Vitamin A is Essential for Men

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Why vitamin A is essential for men

Every man needs a dietary supplement. Vitamins A & B6 and zinc should be in their daily supplement because they provide necessary nutrients for amino acid complex, essential fatty acids, and glandular functions. Muira puama improves a man's sexual function and libido. Ginseng supports healthy testosterone levels. Teenaged young men should incorporate extra vitamin A, sarsaparilla, and zinc. For these young men, they will benefit from these added doses in the following: vitamin A aids the immune system, combats damaging free radicals, and supports a clear skin complexion. This is important because young men are generally prone to acne because of their fluctuating male hormones. Sarsaparilla is being researched now as to the effectiveness for skin health. Zinc is required for a young man's sexual maturation because it supports the sex glands and immune system. Men over the age of 50 should also include niacin and panthothenic acid in their supplements. Korean ginseng root and saw palmetto berry are herbal extracts and provide additional benefits. Korean ginseng root has been used for centuries for its support to man's basic functions. Niacin supports healthy cholesterol levels. Panthothenic acid provides essential nutrients for the adrenal glands because they produce hormones. Saw palmetto berry has fatty acid and sterol properties that provide nutrition for prostate health. Zinc provides support for prostate functionality, sperm development, and testosterone activity and synthesis.

How much vitamin is recommended?

A man's daily supplement should include a 60% DV. The recommended daily allowance, called the RDA, of vitamin A varies according to age, gender, and lactating or pregnant women. For males, 900mcg is recommended. It's suggested to obtain most of vitamin A from fruits and vegetables.

Generally speaking

Generally speaking, vitamin A provides general health benefits for everyone, including men of all ages.

For example, vitamin A:

  • Improves healthy eyesight (this includes color vision and night vision)
  • Aids white blood cells to destroy bacteria and viruses
  • Assists in reproduction roles
  • Combats infections
  • Develops the immune system
  • Encourages hair and nail growth
  • Maintains healthy skin
  • Manages cell differentiation and division needs
  • Promotes dental health
  • Protects the linings of the eyes, intestines, respiratory, and urinary tracts
  • Provides bone health
  • Stimulates white blood cell production
  • Supports mucus membranes

What are the two types of vitamin A?

The two types of vitamin A depend on the source - animal or plant. The vitamin A found in the foods from animals is called "preformed vitamin A." This type of vitamin A is absorbed in the body as retinal, the most usable and active form of vitamin A. Vitamin A from animal sources is six times stronger than vitamin A from plants sources. The vitamin A found in foods from plants is called "provitamin A carotenoid." This type of vitamin A comes from alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and beta cryptoxanthin. It's the beta-carotene that's most efficient in the retinal conversion. Some carotenoids have been suspected to act as antioxidants that keep cells from damaging free radicals.

What foods contain vitamin A?

Beef liver, broccoli, butter, cheese, chicken liver, eggs, fish oil, lamb liver, milk, orange fruits and vegetables, pork liver, turkey liver, and yellow fruits and vegetables are good sources of vitamin A.

Sources: http://www.wegmans.com/eatwelllivewell/healthyEating/010404a.asp

http://www.oohoi.com/healthy_living/vitamin-info/vitamin-a.htm

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